UNDERSTANDING

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UNDERSTANDING

UNDERSTANDING

An * after a word means you can find an explanation under the fable
THE LADYBUG WAS SITTING IN FRONT OF HIS HOUSE. He hardly ever did that, since he was away so often, traveling to perform his art: moving to music. But now he was home, enjoying sitting on his bench in the sun. Suddenly, he heard some buzzing. The mosquito came flying by.
‘Oh, no’, thought the ladybug, ‘I so much dislike that sound. It’ll only end up in something being buzzed around about me that’s only half true or not at all’.
Earlier, he used to be bothered a lot by that, because what’s not right, is not right and should not go around the world as true. But then again, there’s no way that you can straighten it all out again. So now he mostly found it weird, because what’s not right, is not right and the animals who did not know him, were now to Continue reading

BONDING

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BONDING

BONDING

a WEDDING-reflection
for my sons and daughters-in-law

let’s celebrate
our humanness
whose essence is
connectedness
in their search for that
they want to go together

two individuals
each their own bundle of molecules
mixture of chemical processes

the pheromones
the hormones
did they bring them together?
attraction
and following up
on instincts;
impulse driven?

undoubtedly

but
is that all
there is?

personally I think
history shows us
that Continue reading

AT YOUR SERVICE

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AT YOUR SERVICE

AT YOUR SERVICE

ON A HOT SUMMER’S DAY AT THE LAKE IN THE FOREST, THE DRAGONFLY WAS FLYING.
“It’s so hot”, said the dragonfly to the sheep who was looking for some coolness near the waterside.
“Yes”, said the sheep with a lazy yawn.
The dragonfly skimmed another round closely over the water for as much cooling off as she could get.
“My, my”, said the dragonfly when she landed near the sheep again, huffing and puffing.
“Can’t breathe, so uptight”, she also said.
“I am happy”, said the sheep, “that in the spring, I always Continue reading

RESTORED

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RESTORED

RESTORED

I’ve known them
the troubled times
of suffering
all going wrong
nothing works out
so alone

I’ve known them
the moments
of despair
not knowing where
to belong
on this earth

I’ve known them
the dark tunnels
without end
so visionless empty
and damp
of tears

I’ve known them
and now here I stand
and I can say Continue reading

HABITUAL VEILING MASK

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"The Lovers" --- Brugge, Belgium sculpted by: Livia Canestraro & Stefaan Depuydt

“The Lovers” — Brugge, Belgium
sculpted by: Livia Canestraro & Stefaan Depuydt

she had seen him
and he had watched too
they had circled each other
and had stepped back again
but then
they dared to dance
and when
they swirled
they were attracted
by the mystery
and stayed together

but why then
does she not really see him
why then
does he not reach her through and through
stagnation
of growth in relation

because Continue reading

MAKE UP

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MAKE UP

MAKE UP

ONCE A YEAR, THE EEL CAME UNANNOUNCED TO THE FOREST, TO RECONNECT WITH OLD CONTACTS. He came disguised, like every year, and this time he was dressed up as the cockatoo. The eel did not know that the cockatoo had been here on a holiday a while ago and had frequently come back after that.
“Hi cockatoo”, said the sheep.
“Hi sheep”, cockatooed the eel and immediately moved on. To delay for as long as possible that he would be unmasked, he made sure his chats were as short as possible.
“How are you doing?” said the frog, who was always interested in everybody and everything.
“So, so”, said the eel and then kept his mouth shut.
The frog jumped away again, why stick around where there’s no fun.
“Hello there, cockatoo!” called Continue reading

GETTING TO KNOW

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GETTING TO KNOW

GETTING TO KNOW

“LOOK WHOM I RAN INTO”, SAID THE COCKATOO TO THE BUTTERLFY. The butterfly fluttered joyfully towards him and gave the cockatoo a big hug, glad that the cockatoo was home again.
“Well, well, who do we have here! I am the butterfly”, greeted the butterfly the newcomer.
“Porcupine”, said the porcupine, who did not have many words yet because everything was still very new to him.
“Please, do come in”, said the butterfly, “then we’ll drink some of our best nicely-long-lying juice”.


A little farther away, the grumpy bear Continue reading

CHOOSING

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IMPRESSION of 'my' ANIMAL FORESTwithmy own photos: Magnolia, Sheep, Ladybugcopyright free photos: Giraffe, Stingray, Dovephotos by Nynke van Gurp-Smilde: Dragonfly, Butterfly

IMPRESSION of ‘my’ ANIMAL FOREST
with
my own photos: Magnolia, Sheep, Ladybug
copyright free photos: Giraffe, Stingray, Dove
photos by Nynke van Gurp-Smilde: Dragonfly, Butterfly

IN THE RIVER THAT RUNS THROUGH THE FOREST, THE GUPPY WAS SWIMMING. The stingray swam by and greeted him.
“Hello”, said the stingray, “I am the stingray. Who are you?”
“I am the guppy”, said the guppy.
“Nice to meet you”, said the stingray, who was finally learning how to keep a conversation going.
“OK, then I’ll reveal this”, said the guppy, inspired to do the same, “I am plugged in. In fact, I do not live here”.
“O”, said the stingray, “I do not live here either. I live in the depth of the ocean”.
“Then”, said the guppy, “you must have asked yourself the question”.
“Which question?” asked the stingray.
“Well”, said the guppy, “what the Continue reading

TOGETHER LOOKING FORWARD

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IMPRESSION of 'my' ANIMAL FORESTwithmy own photos: Magnolia, Sheep, Ladybugcopyright free photos: Giraffe, Stingray, Dovephotos by Nynke van Gurp-Smilde: Dragonfly, Butterfly

IMPRESSION of ‘my’ ANIMAL FOREST
with
my own photos: Magnolia, Sheep, Ladybug
copyright free photos: Giraffe, Stingray, Dove
photos by Nynke van Gurp-Smilde: Dragonfly, Butterfly

An * after a word means you can find an explanation under the fable THE ANIMAL FOREST WAS ALL STIRRED UP, SINCE IT WAS COLD. Not just a bit cold. Very cold. The dragonfly gasped for breath because she was stiff from the cold. The sheep was always sensitive to her lack of breath and he was happy that this time, it was not caused by emotions, so he could help by offering the dragonfly a little space between the lush woollen curls of his fur. Also winter was no big deal to him. Just leave your curls a little longer and the cold will not bother you. Sometimes it seemed to him that life would be complicated if you were not a sheep, but then again, he did not quite know what complicated was, so he did not really bother.
“Hello”, heard the sheep with the dragonfly in his fur. They looked up.
“Hello”, squeaked the dragonfly a little uptight but certainly not unfriendly. You ought to Continue reading

FUN-FEAST WITHOUT FOOLING

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IMPRESSION of 'my' ANIMAL FORESTwithmy own photos: Magnolia, Sheep, Ladybugcopyright free photos: Giraffe, Stingray, Dovephotos by Nynke van Gurp-Smilde: Dragonfly, Butterfly

IMPRESSION of ‘my’ ANIMAL FOREST
with
my own photos: Magnolia, Sheep, Ladybug
copyright free photos: Giraffe, Stingray, Dove
photos by Nynke van Gurp-Smilde: Dragonfly, Butterfly

An * after a word means you can find an explanation under the fable
THE PACK DONKEY PLODDED THROUGH THE FOREST. He never was one of the swiftest but right now, he seemed slower than ever. Each year, when the dark days of winter were coming, the pack donkey disguised himself. He wore a red suit, trimmed with white fur, a buckled black belt and he even put a matching hat on his head. To be really unrecognizable, he also attached a long white beard. The young animals were always eagerly awaiting his arrival, because always he was heavily loaded with packages for all tastes. But the story also told, that he took naughty animals away with him to a far and barren place. So they were at the same time happy, but also a bit scared. *
“What do you want from Continue reading

KNOWING

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IMPRESSION of 'my' ANIMAL FORESTwithmy own photos: Magnolia, Sheep, Ladybugcopyright free photos: Giraffe, Stingray, Dovephotos by Nynke van Gurp-Smilde: Dragonfly, Butterfly

IMPRESSION of ‘my’ ANIMAL FOREST
with
my own photos: Magnolia, Sheep, Ladybug
copyright free photos: Giraffe, Stingray, Dove
photos by Nynke van Gurp-Smilde: Dragonfly, Butterfly

THE GARDEN WARBLER WAS VERY BUSY. Brooming, cleaning, sorting and packing, and so on.
“Oh dear”, said the dragonfly, who flew by, “just the sight of you being so busy makes me feel uptight. I do a little bit in my house every day, never all at once”.
“But I’ll be on my way”, said the garden warbler, “it’s time to go South”
“Oh, yeah”, said the dragonfly, “you are always gone during winter. What have you got against the winter?”
“Well, it’s just that we always leave”, said the garden warbler, “that’s how we live. And I must say, that one time in the fall when I couldn’t get away, well, I experienced a winter here, and then I knew right away why we always leave!”
“What’s so bad about it then?” asked the dragonfly. Continue reading

CHARGING

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charging

charging

if you can’t keep it up
I’ll let it hang for you
if you can’t stay tall
I’ll widen myself for you

the world rages
and if a hard wind blows
I’ll bend along for you

and when I do all this
would you then in that shelter
remind yourself that
no matter what
it’s better
to charge yourself
from the wells of Continue reading

THE MOMENT

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the moment

the moment

She had lost her grip. She lifted up her eyes and thought: where does my help come from. But she turned them down again, dizzy. Lost my grip, how often didn’t people say that? And how often was it so true as it was now.

Where does my help come from? Such an old, long forgotten sentence came to mind. Now, now that she had lost her grip. Psalm verses popping up in critical moments: was religion in the end proving to be something essential? They say it’s never too late to convert, but to be actually doing that now, would be Continue reading

UNKNOTTING

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IMPRESSION of 'my' ANIMAL FORESTwithmy own photos: Magnolia, Sheep, Ladybugcopyright free photos: Giraffe, Stingray, Dovephotos by Nynke van Gurp-Smilde: Dragonfly, Butterfly

IMPRESSION of ‘my’ ANIMAL FOREST
with
my own photos: Magnolia, Sheep, Ladybug
copyright free photos: Giraffe, Stingray, Dove
photos by Nynke van Gurp-Smilde: Dragonfly, Butterfly

An * after a word means you can find an explanation under the fable
THE CENTIPEDE WAS ALL IN A KNOT. His gait wasn’t smooth at all.
“Hey, centipede”, said the dragonfly watching him stumble along, “also a bit stiff today?”
“Yes”, sighed the centipede, “I seem to put every foot wrong, these days”.
“I met the ladybug the other day”, said the dragonfly, “you know, he who knows how to move so beautifully to music! Maybe he can help you with suppleness”.
And that’s how it came to be that the dragonfly and the centipede whispered in the horn:
“Dear ladybug,
Do you know how Continue reading

BALANCE

balance

balance

Life is such a fine line
A road that’s o, so small
And if your steps go sideways
You’re heading for a fall

refr: ..oh, how I could use them to survive
……….some wings that make me fly
……….but until I know how that is to do
……….I’ll just balance my way through

Sometimes I wonder why then
The lifepath Continue reading

PUZZLING

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IMPRESSION of 'my' ANIMAL FORESTwithmy own photos: Magnolia, Sheep, Ladybugcopyright free photos: Giraffe, Stingray, Dovephotos by Nynke van Gurp-Smilde: Dragonfly, Butterfly

IMPRESSION of ‘my’ ANIMAL FOREST
with
my own photos: Magnolia, Sheep, Ladybug
copyright free photos: Giraffe, Stingray, Dove
photos by Nynke van Gurp-Smilde: Dragonfly, Butterfly

THE OTTER WAS POTTERING IN THE REED. He had the sensation that he was being watched, but that did not prevent him from blazing his own trail. This time, it was a preset course that he needed to find, because he participated in the yearly quiz walk in the animal forest. That was difficult enough because not for nothing had the bear won last year. He had been the best in answering the difficult questions, and now he had had come up with the difficult questions himself. The otter had to count reed stems, had to know through which water he was wading and what the red signs meant at the waterside. That, he knew. Then there were no inflatables permitted (whatever that would be) or sometimes it said: Continue reading

THE HOBBY SPACE

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The hobby space

The hobby space
photo found on the internet, it looks like it’s free of rights
if not, please contact me

They say it cannot be, that they are strange imaginations, that can never become reality. How do they know, while they do not know what he knows?

He lives here in this big building where everybody has their own lodging, apart from the community areas that are in it. It’s crowded, but the good part is that he runs into people and can have a talk. The only nuisance is when they start interfering too much with him. Interest is fine, but they shouldn’t start patronizing or dictating to him what to do.

Downstairs, in the cellars, are separate little rooms. For people like him. People who need a place for their experiments. It took a while, – they did not know if it would be safe -, but in the end, they were Continue reading

WHOLE

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WHOLE

WHOLE

always
a two track approach
in me

……….*outgoing
……….persistently seeking
……….understanding contact
……….at all costs

……….*withdrawn
……….isolating myself
……….in a protective cocoon
……….till enrichment emerges

alternately
I tried
to Continue reading

SAMEN-LEVEN / LIVING TOGETHER / VIVRE ENSEMBLE

English below dutch / Français en bas du Néerlandais et l’Anglais

AANSLAG / ATTACK / ATTENTAT --- 2012-01-07 --- CHARLIE HEBDO (Cartoon Magazine)

AANSLAG / ATTACK / ATTENTAT ———- 2012-01-07 ———- CHARLIE HEBDO (Cartoon Magazine) they shouted: Allah Akbar

Zo schrijf je nog
Of het betrouwbare licht
Ieder mens verlicht

En dan komt het bericht
Dat 12 mensen zijn gedood
Omdat sommigen vonden
Dat de eer werd geschonden
Zij dachten daarom
Te worden beloond
Als ze neerschoten
Door wie de eer werd gehoond

Voor een ideaal moorden
Niet weerleggen met woorden
Niet overtuigen door goede daden
Maar Continue reading