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The Goddess and the Magic Forest

The Goddess and the Magic Forest


A long time ago in a magic forest lived a goddess — the protector of the light.
…but neither big nor small animals could run or play, and birds could not take flight.

A jealous, evil sorcerer had cursed the Magic Forest, so that the goddess could never stray.
If no man could get in, and she could not get out, then she would be forced to stay.

There was only dark; there was no light.
Never, was there day; There was only eternal night.

Not even the bright-eyed owl could see.
So, he would only sit on his perch in his tall dark tree.

The beautiful goddess could not leave home; she would not dare.
…for thousands of white eyes would blink and stare.

If she strayed too far, how would she get back?
…and wild, vicious creatures might certainly attack.

A thousand men from all the lands wanted the goddess for their very own; this was well known.
One by one, they entered the forest to capture the goddess in this dark and forbidding zone.

…but only true love could free the beautiful goddess and break the evil spell.
…so all the strong men who entered the forest fell straight through the gates of Hell.

One day a blind man came walking, heard a beautiful sound and wandered into the forbidden ground.
“What a lovely musical place,” he said, as he felt his way around and listened to the animal sounds.

“Hello, Mr. Bear,” he said, as he smelled his furry hide.
“I was going to eat you,” said the bear, “but you do not have the sin of pride.”

Then the blind man came to the owl and heard him say, “Whoooo”.
“Who?” said the man. “I don’t know who? Do you?

“Our beautiful goddess” said a parrot. “goddess, goddess!” he said as his wings began to fan.
I don’t believe I know her,” said the man. “…but take me to her if you can.”

The parrot led the man to the goddess who was reclining on a mushroom stool.
“Why risk your life for me?” she said. “Surely you must be a fool.”

“The parrot has told me that you need my help, since all is the same to me whether night or day.”
“If you will take me by the hand, and trust me, I promise to lead the way.”

The blind man led the goddess and all the animals into the light and this set the Magic Forest free.
…and when the man came into the light, magically now he too could see.

The goddess and the lowly man fell straight in love and vowed never to be apart.
…for there is no greater love between man and woman than that born of a pure and trusting heart.

Written April 9, 2005
By Albert V. Sheppard


“We pass by potentially great friends, compatible business, cultural, and political exchange partners, and possible perfect mates everyday and FATE NEVER causes us to meet them, in a safe environment for a long enough time to discover that we like each other. We are programmed by Hollywood films and music and media stars to reject anyone who does not immediately meet our usually misguided standards. Perhaps that is a fact of life and may even be a instinctual human trait, but we know it fails to recognize a more developed and current human state. I personally have tried the pen-pal, friends, social networking, dating, matching, and marriage sites for many years with some temporary success, but they did NOT meet my most important expectations, needs, wants, desires, and goals. Their concept is good, but misdirected. It is hard enough to deal with the random odds, the random chance, the fickle fate, and the chaos in the real world; so why extend it into the virtual world. My future websites take into account these social networking and dating/match-making site short-comings, their trial-and-error approach, their best intentions, their best concepts, and their best practices and adds a structure to give nature an intelligent helping hand.

I have NO doubt that each of us can do some small or BIG things to stop violence; raise better children; stop violence against women; stop drugs and alcohol abuse; ostracize the ignorant conservative politicians and their controllers, who want to take the world backwards in the misused name of traditional values; raise your voice, your pen, your blog, and your web site to stomp out racists and religious bigots -- do NOT be silent (your silence implies consent); stop global threats and human suppression by countries of their own people and their threats to other nations and territories; remove the causes of terrorism; help capture or kill terrorists and dangerous criminals; create global friendships with appreciation for global cultures find ways to communicate effectively with people, who speak other languages; give aid and care for others in disasters; get rid of world poverty, disease, starvation, illiteracy and ignorance, rape, child abuse, pedophilia, and the rampant abuse of our globe and the protective atmosphere. Help immigrants, seeking a better life and trying to support their families, to do so. Make a legal path for illegal immigrants seeking to do the work that you and I reject, etc. Do not accept the globe the way it is. We can make it better. Just do something! Even a small thing. Any action you take, no matter how small, will set off ripple effects that will reverberate around the world. Courage is not the absence of fear, but overcoming your fears.

Albert V. Sheppard




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