free to be you
free to be me

fly like a bird
surf on that sea

climb those high mountains
do not give up
the tall tops in your life
go there, don't stop

cherish the freedom - be as you like
do not care - let them say what they might

it doesn't matter - your life is yours
so go ahead - stake out your course

go where you wish, dress as you like
say what you want, and one day you might

feel that strength from deep within
you own your freedom
 - you win

I am so grateful to be where I am
in my own country
in my own land

and in my life - where I can be me

don't take it for granted

cherish it
guard it
love it

be free

In Norway, 17th of May, we celebrated our constitution day. A day to celebrate freedom. Here I am in a traditional costume (bunad) from Hardanger, where my grandad on my mother's side origins from. The bunad used to belong to my mum.  


Thank you, Havasupai

4 sunny fun days. 3 magic dark nights
under the stars that were shining so bright

while we slept in our hammocks, that's where we were
under the trees, no one knew we were there

what an adventure. my words are lost
trying to describe what I loved the most

the colour of the water, turquoise, so bright
the trees so green, shimmery silver light

the red rocky mountains, naked and tall
the blue blue sky, with only eagle's call

oh, Havasupai, you captured my heart
time stood still, how I wanted it to last

and not only nature, but the people too
they made the adventure - a fairy-tale come through

both my own little group and the Indians there
with a laugh, a kind look, and you sense that they care

about you and the world and the ones they have near
- and they are in the bubble just like you
- with no cars, shops or internet, and they enjoy it too

and the feeling of being completely away from the whole world

and yet

I have never felt more



Some pictures from our trip (more might come, it might take a life time to absorb this journey. Thank you Vidar, for some of these pictures!) 

From Beaver falls

Fletcher and his horses coming down 

Havasu falls

Mooney falls
From the hilltop

Farewell Havasupai! 


A new beginning

to wake up in the morning
to open up your eyes
by sunshine play with curtains
the room is full of light

you sense a smile just spreading,
feel warm and peaceful too
the dark is long gone from your life,
you're free, the day is new

you stretch and feel you are alive
for - oh yes, one more day
it's what you have, so hold it tight
and live by what you say

it's not for all to have it, you know,
so make it yours, my love

a new beginning,
a brand new start
a day, for you,
and the ones in your heart

Everyday is a new beginning
take a deep breath
and start again 

- This was inspired by waking up by the fjord in Ulvik, where the family of my granddad on my mum's side origins from. My favourite clicks from our road trip last week:

Blue fjord, red farms, white mountain tops, green fields......


A ray of sunshine

A ray of sunshine, I saw that day
beyond the storm, beyond the pain

beyond the rain and dark clouds too
I saw it clear, and so do you

I felt it deep, I saw it bright
clear as day, black as night

a ray of sunshine to get you through
when you think you will not, oh, you will do

the fog will move away, I say
and just like me, you will some day

- feel the warmth of sunshine too
oh, my friend, me and you

we suffered, but we will survive
keep on climbing, stay alive

and if I manage, so will you
trust me - you can do it too

a ray of sunshine, is what it takes
trust it, follow, push no brakes

that is life, for me and you
a ray of sunshine
- for us too


Make life a ride

Make life a ride, I saw on a wall

I smile and think: yup, that makes me feel strong!

to take life in my hands, make my dreams come true
and if I try to do it, my God - so can you!

because life is a ride and what lies there ahead
an avenuic grande highway or thousand tiny paths instead

how to know where to go on intersections and signs
what to choose, you might ask, straight ahead? well, you might

still get lost for a while, but trust me that's ok,
' because still it's your choice - do it your way!

you are in charge and you make it come true
yes, some bumps, and some turns, still: the boss is you

but just know: 
some things you control, and some things you cannot
still: never loose faith that you really will not

loose power - of how your own ride will be
pssst: if all of them can, then - so can we!

keep your hands on the wheel for as long as you can
glance aside, check the view, count the stars, oh my man

- for a slow ride, or a rally, what you want it to be
cruise along, don't look back - look ahead - don't you see

you wake up every morning with your engines run free
just be bold and be loud, be what you want to be

- I can glide on still water - only me and the sea
and my loved one perhaps, paddling next to me

I can run up a mountain, just as steep as can be
and a warm hand holding mine,
smiling: sweetheart, you and me 

a bubbling laughter when in the forest deep
hand in hand with a joy to keep
we come over a sign written by a happy man:
"tested and approved by a 80 kg heavy Senior Citizen":

all in all my dear friend, make your own life Your ride
it is yours, so please own it, either slowly or wild
live it embrace it 
it is yours 
you decide



fear is waking up at night
breathless, shaky, not all right

fear is being on alert,
day and night, God, it hurts

fear is crawling up inside
the safest place there is to hide

fear is when you can not do
things you like when you want to

fear can take your life away,
do not let it. Make it stay

you can do it, fight the fear
use your force, you know it's there

deep inside you. I cheer you on
your life, only to you - it belongs

so take your life back, embrace it tight
move on, don't look back, and then one day you might-

sleep a whole night peacefully without those bad dreams,
take a hike in the mountains, feeling happy, at ease

control the fear, you can do it, I know
follow your own voice wherever you go

your strength, heart and passion will guide you through
take a breath, follow it, go ahead- its for you

Dedicated to my "Sisters of Life"

Signs of spring on a winterly walk


Andante Andante

A year has passed, since February last
and when March came along,

she was gone

a column in my life, my mum, she was
- still it's an unbearable loss

I know she would be glad for me
happy - that I'm strong and free

- with friends and family, lucky me
to be so loved, and so was she

- and there on my way from work to home
my tears just flow - because of this tone

a song that reminds me of the past,
and that some good things - they do not last

but some things do, if you believe it to be so
give it a chance - and a tender love will grow

Andante is my song today
for friendship and for love - to stay

so cherish what you have, my friend
believe in love, until the end

like she did
like she wanted me to

touch my soul
you know how
andante andante
go slowly with me now

I'm your music 
I'm your song
play me time and time again
and make me strong 

andante andante
tread lightly on my ground 

One year ago, I wrote this poem. This year I feel the same. I am the same. Just stronger, happier. Still me:


My Valentine

come to me
come and see 
who I am
the real me 

I am not the abuse
I am not what he did 
I am not just simply my trauma

I'm the courage that escaped 
I'm the cleverness that survived 
I'm the power that protected my tiny spark of flame 

oh my Valentine
you do get me right 
you give hope that I can love again 

you do fan my spark
into firecrackers bright
you see me 
with your eyes open wide 

you see beyond and you sense
and you know me so well
a new love
but we've always just known one another 

oh my Valentine 
you read all my signs 
I am yours 
and you know it is so

with respect, joy and laughs
we are like half and half
and together we're one of a kind 

I love you
you love me   
there is hope
I now see   
and believe

Lucky me 
with my Valentine

ABBA: Andante. Andante:


Life in a day

downs and ups - in life there is
pain, joy, tears
a tender kiss

it's sailing out on quiet sea
calm and happy

it's climbing to a mountain top
sweat and feel your heart
non stop

beating - and you sense it strong
you are alive
you do belong

to life and to your loved ones, dear
to the ones
the ones who care

and that is life - in just one day
downs and ups and
oh, you may

turn you face towards the light
choose yourself
day or night

life is what you want to see
sorrow, joy

grab it
live it
make it your own

it's for you to do
go on

...calm sea.....

..windy mountain tops....


Nobody puts baby in a corner

- "Oh Eli", said my friend today, "I will never forget when I felt sooo low. I felt like nothing. A nobody. Worthless, down, broken. And you quoted this line...Have you any idea how powerful I felt at that time? And how powerful I feel now? Look at me, where I am?!"

I smiled. She was so happy. She was offered the new job she wanted so much. Today. I felt a bubbling feeling spreading in all my body. Yay! She did it! So proud of her and so so happy - simply because she was so happy! What a joy!

And that's the thing. That's the "sisterhood" I share with my besties. The ones who know. The ones you share tears and laughter with. The ones you stand by - shoulder by shoulder. Your wing women. Through thick and thin. Through rain and sun. Those who are there - no matter what. Those who love you for who you are. Unconditional friendship, unconditional love.

And a poem came to my mind: Phenomenal Woman - oh what a powerful poem! The strength and warmth spreading out from it. And I think of the phenomenal women in my life. The amazing ones. Today I feel grateful for them. And grateful that I am there - and can share - such an overwhelming joy - for my friend today. So happy - that she just did it, showed them, stood up for herself, followed her dream, went for it. Because nobody puts ladies like us in a corner! Nobody!

Maya Angelou: Phenomenal woman: 

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
I say,
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It's the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can't touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can't see.
I say,
It's in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I'm a woman

Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Now you understand
Just why my head's not bowed.
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It's in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

So you be sure - nobody puts baby in a corner! Ever!


Small joys, big life

So what on earth does that mean, of course you might think
well, a hike, a cup of tea, with a friend - makes the link

- to a life that can bring you happiness my dear
the key is gratitude, ooooh, I do swear

- so, take a moment each day to think about
what you are grateful for -  and please please don't

- dwell with the what if's, the whens, when to be
life is now, let yourself sink into it, stay free

- and be grateful that you can Just Be - one more day
it is not for everyone, so just listen and say

- to yourself that a small joy is what makes it so big
with its ups and downs, life is what you should digg

and be grateful for small joys like walking on snow
with some fresh air, a sunset, and you linger with how

- is it possible to feel such a joy for just that.....

- and it is


Happy New Year -

- is it time for us to say
as the old year has gently faded away

a year is like life, with good days and bad
with laughter and joy, some sad and some mad

still all of them moments that reminds you that
- you are alive and that you really can let -

- bad things be, and just move on
live again, dare to love, to be strong

and that is the magic of life, my friend
we will all keep on going till the end

and we will carry with us our life untill now
that's our luggage: moments and people we know

on a mountaintop, in the arms of your dear
or alone in a safe place, or to face your big fear

or wherever you wish with whoever you want
that is freedom, and no one can tell you "you can't"

because only you own your life, every step of the way
every dull daily minute, every weekend and holiday

so dear reader, I wish you all the best for the new year to be
and thank you for having read my simple 2016 poetry

and maybe I'll write a few more in this year as well,
ops, I guess I already did. If you like them that's swell
( - and if you don't, that's ok too
it will stay between me and you:-) )

No matter what:
I really wish you all the best for 2017. Freedom is being You. Be you!