Publicat de: leonard oprea | 30 iulie 2012


leonard oprea




The two friends came into the yard. One told the other:

‘I have called you to show you something remarkable! Look!’ he said and called his dog, a beautiful Scottish shepherd.

The dog came quickly, happily wagging his tail. His master patted him on the head and told his friend:

‘Look at his eyes, they are covered with a white film. See? He has gone blind. He is old and his sight is gone.’

Then he waved his hand in front of the dog’s eyes, and the dog didn’t as much as blink.

‘See? He is blind as a bat. I heard I can have him operated, but to make him really see, I have to get him glasses or contact lenses. But he is just a dog, and a dog can’t wear these things. So he is doomed to remain blind. But watch this!”

He started playing with the dog. The dog moved naturally, without hesitation. Then his master ordered him to jump, to fetch, to lie down, to attack, and many other things. The dog performed each trick with gusto. His master’s sharp voice had a miraculous effect on the dog.

Finishing his demonstration, the owner asked his friend laughing happily:

‘Well, what do you think? Do you realize how strong his smell and hearing are? And how much he loves me?’

‘Have you done this everyday since he went blind?’ the friend asked.

‘No, only occasionally, just so he won’t feel abandoned. He is blind anyway.’

‘Then I must now leave you forever. I may go blind myself one day.’

And he left. Quickly. Without looking back.

The master was ready to answer. When he opened his mouth, he told the dog:




Sometimes life sucks—for you.

Sometimes death sucks—for you.

Sometimes it’s no forgiveness—in you.

Sometimes it’s no love—in you.

Sometimes it’s no hope—in you.

Sometimes it’s no prayer—in you.

Sometimes, it’s no child—in you.

Sometimes, it’s no heart—in you.

Sometimes, sucks is the whole—you.

Sometimes, where is God?—ask you.

Sometimes, sucks—blow up when—you. . .

Sometimes at least, call Jesus to be you.


“. . . there is less shadow /

under the ill oak. . . this spring,/

still, look! some green leafs. . . ”


(from Trilogy of Theophil Magus – the Truth (“Xlibris”/Random House Ventures, 2008, USA /Library of Congress Control Number: 2008901520/ ISBN: Hardcover 978-1-4363-2366-6/Softcover 978-1-4363-2365-9 // In Trilogy of Theophil Magus’ 40 Tales about Man, a great variety of sacred and profane themes, archaic, mythical, contemporary /Moses, Gandhi, Christmas, children, journalism, pilgrimage etc./serves as vivid stimulation for this literary adventure, written with humor, knowledge and wit…in an inviting dialogue with the reader. /Norman Manea – American novelist, essayist);(The Truth, the second book of Trilogy of Theophil Magus is situated in the strange no man’s land where everyday life becomes truly magical. I consider these writings as splendid expressions of a unique vision of our fragmented but marvelously exciting world. Leonard Oprea’s style combines a discovery of hidden meanings of words with a fabulous sense of secret humor. His works received the highest praises from the most influential critics, who rightly compared his vision to works by Thomas Mann, Borges or Paulo Coelho./Vladimir Tismăneanu – American philosopher, author, essayist);(Leonard Oprea’s 40 Tales of Trilogy of Theophil Magus – The Truth, range from the depiction of the everyday to the mythological and Borgesian to the religious. Honored with numbers of prizes in his native Romania, this writer is a true iconoclast and a true talent./ Adam J.Sorkin – American author, essayist, editor)


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