IN A NEWSPAPER

My first 30 fables are now collected in a book !!!

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interview in EdeStad.nl

17 Oct. 2018, this interview about my book was published in the newspaper: Ede-Stad, written by Mathilde van Ravensberg who also made the photo.

“Fabulous debut book by Fenna Smilde
Thirty animal stories that mirror human behaviour.

Fables that make you think. Fenna Smilde from Ede likes this genre very much. For some years, she has written fables herself that she published on her website Femmka.net. Thirty of her insightful animal stories are now collected in her debut book ‘How it all came to be.’
The reader gets acquainted with Continue reading

WHAT DO YOU WANT?

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WHAT DO YOU WANT?

Every now and then, the owl liked to ask the animals some questions. He hoped that each time, there would be a few of them that would continue thinking about it. And eventually, he hoped that it would make them feel better. More at ease with themselves and therefore with others.
“What do you want?”, wondered the owl aloud.
There happened to be quite a few animals at the large glade around the magnolia, so he thought it to be a suitable moment. Some of the animals indeed looked up at him, interested.
“You might just do something,” continued the owl therefore, “but you can also want something.”
“Want”, whispered the vole softly after him, trying to get used to the idea that there could be something to want.
“Yes, I want!”, he then called out loud, because wanting something had begun to appeal to him.
“And what is it, that you want?”, asked the owl, who liked to be precise in his wording and liked others to be that too.
“Umm”, said the vole Continue reading

TAKING IT LIGHTLY

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TAKING IT LIGHTLY

An * after a word means you can find an explanation under the fable
In the depths of the ocean, the stingray was swimming. He hoped to find something to eat, but nothing was swimming by.
“What’s up these days”, he muttered. “In the old days, there was more.”
He swam a little further away from home but was not very lucky. A little bite here and there but no abundant school.
Could the sea be tired, he thought. He had heard the current sing sometimes, that the sea is so tired, and therefore Continue reading

IMAGINE

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IMAGINE

On a sunny day in late summer, the hummingbird flew through the animal forest. She was kind of caught up in deep thought and almost collided with the giraffe.
“Oh, sorry,” said the hummingbird, who felt that to be an injustice to her flying skills, “I was busy thinking.”
“No offense”, said the giraffe. “I also like to think, a lot, maybe we can think together for a while?”
“Actually,” said the hummingbird, “that’s the problem. It’s kind of nice, all these encounters with other animals, but it’s tiresome too. That’s just what I was thinking about: that I am tired of having all this contact.”
“Too bad”, said the giraffe. “It would Continue reading

HIT by SPIRIT

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HIT by SPIRIT

(Pentecost greeting)

all on fire
celebrating
that you are spirited
and not just material

friend-ly
to yourself
and to others

make it a hit
this spirit
of yours !

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Thanks Marita, for your help with translating

UPLIFTING

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UPLIFTING
(statues: “Chico y Chica” and “Tumbado” by Juan Ripollés)

(Easter greeting)

it could be
about eggs
or even a bunny
or about spring
coming soon

for me
Easter is
commemorating
the death blow
that was inflicted
on Evil

wherefore
you can rise
from soul-killing patterns
and like Continue reading

STEP BY STEP

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STEP BY STEP

It was an early spring day in the animal forest. Everybody had kind of recovered from the winter but was not yet back in their stride with spring energy.
“Maybe”, said the cockatoo, “it would be nice to go out for a while, on a little spring trip?”
“That sounds fun”, said the butterfly. “Just flutter about for a bit. Perhaps someone wants to join us?” She looked at the dragonfly who was visiting.
“Oh” and: “Oh, oh, …”, said the dragonfly, “I would but …”
“Let’s leave ‘but’ at home”, said the sheep, who was also visiting. “I’ll come along with you.”
And so it came to be that a little group of animals decided to hit the road, that early spring in the animal forest.
“Let’s make Continue reading

GOODWILL GAMES

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GOODWILL GAMES

On a cloudless day in the animal forest, it was about to happen again. Once every few years, the animals made an appointment to come together for a fortnight to play all day long, every day. The dolphin tumbled in the most beautiful ways, the polar bear walked as far as he could through the snow, the swallow flew his most spectacular flights and the willow grouse skated as fast as she could.
“Come,” said the dolphin to the stingray, “it would be fun if you could join us.”
“Hm,” hummed the stingray, “I’m Continue reading

DREAM SCENARIO

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DREAM SCENARIO

today will be different
today I let go of everything
today I hold on to everything
today I know
which way to go

so I walk into today
see this bench near the riverside
inviting me to sit down
cherished by the sun
becalmed
while everything around me moves

wind blows the leaves
traffic goes by
boats float
a flower airs fragrance
passengers pass by

I am Continue reading

TRUST

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TRUST

“Now how does it really work?”, the dragonfly asked the butterfly, one balmy summer evening when they were sitting on a reed stalk, pensively looking out over the water.
“What?”, asked the butterfly. “And why would it not have been real until now?”
“Oh, sorry,” said the dragonfly and gasped for a bit more air, “I mean, do you really not mind that the cockatoo is away so often?”
“So why”, asked the butterfly, “is everybody thinking that I would mind?”
“Well,” said the dragonfly, “you know. They say that when you’re a couple, you do everything together. Or at least go to sleep each night together in your own house.”
“That’s indeed what a lot of couples do,” said the butterfly, “but that does not mean Continue reading

UNDERSTANDING

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UNDERSTANDING

UNDERSTANDING

The ladybug was sitting in front of his house. He hardly ever did, since he was away so often, travelling. Now he was home though, 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 true at all.
Earlier, he used to be bothered a lot by that, because what’s not right, is not right and should not be spread around the world as truth. However, there’s no way you can straighten it all out, so now he mostly found it weird, because what’s not right, is not right and the animals who did not know him, were likely 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 day at the woodland pool in the animal forest, the dragonfly was flying.
“It’s so hot”, said the dragonfly to the sheep, who was looking for some coolness near the water’s edge.
“Yes”, said the sheep with a lazy yawn.
The dragonfly skimmed another round closely over the water to cool off as much as possible.
“My, my”, said the dragonfly when she landed near the sheep again, huffing and puffing.
“Can’t breathe; so uptight”, she added.
“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

VEILING

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MAKE UP

VEILING

About once a year, the eel came unannounced to the animal forest to reconnect with old acquaintances. 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 there 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 slid away. To delay for as long as possible that he would be unmasked, he made sure his chats were as brief as possible.
“How are you doing?”, said the frog, who was always interested in everybody and everything.
“Ah”, 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 who I ran into”, said the cockatoo to the butterfly. The butter-fly fluttered joyfully towards him and gave the cockatoo a big kiss, glad that the cockatoo was home again.
“Well, well, who do we have here? I am the butterfly”, said the butterfly, greeting 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, “and we’ll drink some of our best velvety vintage juice.”

A little farther away, the grumpy bear fumbled Continue reading

CHOOSING

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CHOOSING

In the river that runs through the animal forest, the guppy was swimming. The stingray swam by and greeted her.
“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 starting to learn how to keep a conversation going.
“Okay, then I’ll reveal this”, said the guppy, inspired to do the same. “I am plugged in. In fact, I do not live here.”
“Oh,” 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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TOGETHER LOOKING FORWARD

An * after a word means you can find an explanation under the fable
The animal forest was in a tizz, 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. Winter was also 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 gave it no further thought.
“Hello”, heard the sheep with the dragonfly in his fur. They looked up.
“Hello”, squeaked the dragonfly a little stifled and uptight but certainly not unfriendly. You ought to Continue reading

FUN-FEAST WITHOUT FOOLING

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FUN-FEAST WITHOUT FOOLING

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The pack donkey plodded through the animal 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 upon them, 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 unrecognisable, he also attached a long, white beard.* The young animals always eagerly awaited his arrival, because he was heavily loaded with packages for all tastes. However, legend also had it, 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 the gift bearer this year?”, the little lamb asked the piglet. Continue reading

KNOWING

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KNOWING

The swallow was very busy. Sweeping, cleaning, sorting out, putting away, 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.”
“Soon I’ll be up and away though”, said the swallow. “It’s time to go south. Fly a lot and far away, that’s good training” and he did a little flypast.
“Oh, yeah,” said the dragonfly, who realised anew why he was always so good at the aerobatics competitions at the feast of the magnolia, “you are always gone during winter. What do you have against the winter anyway?”
“Well, it’s just that we always leave”, said the swallow. “That’s how we live. And I must say, that one time 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