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AuthorHouse, 2010 - Poetry - 52 pages
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These poems are a chronicle of two years of my life, which at that time had just been turned upside down. I lost my perfectly planned future, my friends and my family. All these changes were initiated by my rebel son. I am very proud of him now, but there were times I felt crushed because of his stubbornness ("My Lord"). His decision to begin his own life made me analyze mine ("Cardinal virtues", "Dolce vita") and made me contemplate my feelings ("Happiness"). I started to question the wisdom of the path I had chosen to follow ("Cave of ignorance", "My friends", "What's wrong"). I felt worn out ("For the most dangerous thing is to wait", "If you don't know", "50 pennies and they're yours"). And then something unexpected happened; Love crossed my way ("His commandment", "And now it is love", "For I"). Love had not been allowed to come into my life ("Iridescent love") but she did not care. I cursed ("Damn!"), prayed ("Prayer") and argued with her ("William and Isabelle", "Thistle of Scotland"). I went to Australia knowing perfectly well that there would be no help there ("The Yellow Brick Road to Emerald City"). Australia tried to hold me with its wit ("Disneyland", "Our Lord decided to be a merchant") and its wild beauty ("Susan River", "Bloom upside down", "Eye stone"). But all the time that I dwelled in this Garden of Eden Love stayed with me ("Shelly beach", "K'gari") and did not want to die ("To want so much", "Pyrrhic Victory"). I had to come back, to face it ("Spotting her"), to meet my memories ("Come back to your sweet love!"), to make examination of my conscience ("I abandoned you my Lord") and find, if not what I left behind, then at least peace of mind.

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Maria Christine Danell, born in Poland, studied philosophy and graduated in musicology (Master of Arts) at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow and then, after she had defected to West-Germany, in pharmacy at the Rhenish Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universitšt in Bonn. As a Polish musicologist she published articles in the Polish Music Encyclopedia. As a German pharmacist she focused on her profession and in addition studied Naturopathy, Chinese medicine and Acupuncture. In 2005 Maria and her family chose to become Australians, to share the dream that thousands of people before her had had about an unspoiled paradise. The Land of Oz willingly showed her its beauty and infected her with its spirit and legend but taught her humility too. Australia often charges a high price for the privilege of living under the bluest sky on earth. And Maria had to pay too; with the loss of her previous life which had been reduced to ashes. But as it turned out, even from ashes, a new life can emerge. Fate decided to send her to the Isle of Man. This Celtic fairy world mesmerized her, then awoke her and recalled her creativity. However a struggle with her own limits, fears, God and the Devil began. Eventually she reached the point when she realized that she had to make very serious decisions about her life; she had to choose between a peaceful life under the Southern Cross and an uncertain, perhaps lonely one, on a small rock in the Irish Sea. She decided to close her past in Australia and settle in the World of Manannan. Everything that happened had had to happen and had been initiated by a huge power: the power of her dreams, her vivid imagination and her Love for Thistles.

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