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Fancy some flash fiction, fresh music or plain speech poetry? How about adult fiction or fiction for youth, including children? Corporate entertainment through story and song?

My main avenues of action, these days, are singer-songwriter, story-teller, MC, comedian, entertainment consultant, publicist, promoter, writer, poet, dramatist, facilitator. Or 'complete fool', depending on who you ask.

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I am privileged to grow songs & books of poetry, fiction (for adults & children) towards publication and gigs. As a thoroughbred clown without a circus, I persistently pursue a variety of interests.

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About Schmidt

Werner Schmidt (live since '75) grew up in Pretoria, and moved to Bloemfontein during 2002. He writes in English and Afrikaans, and performs his songs & stories in these languages.

Singer-songwriter, story-teller, MC, comedian, entertainment consultant, publicist, promoter, writer, poet, dramatist, facilitator. Or a complete fool, depending on who you ask.

He has worked as accountant, lecturer, bicycle repair guy, auditor, radio DJ (fired after three weeks), waiter, welfare volunteer, primary school story-teller, consultant, financial manager, general manager, miniature golf attendant, corporate communicator, street-side fruit vendor, cashier, internal auditor and live performer.

His first novella, Confessions of an alcoholic's son (2011), was featured in the Vrouekeur magazine, and read by 7 500+ readers. Published as autobiography, at first, he republished the book as adult fiction, during 2014 and 2017, in English and Afrikaans, as 75 Bucks and 75 Rand (Afrikaans). Author of corporate brands and brand stories. Publications due out during 2017 are a novella and novel about Nathan Brown, man under pressure ...

Schmidt wrote an interactive children's play, Flat Anna, the froggie that stood up, in 2012, which he included in a children's activity book (ages 4 to 10 years) and DVD. He published the book in English, Afrikaans (Plat Anna) and Sesotho (Anna Sepatlapatla). The play was accepted for the Free State Arts Festival in 2014, as one of its first tri-lingual productions. Flat Anna's metamorphosis to a children's book will take place during the short to medium term. New children's fiction planned for this period, include a story about a boy, waking up with something strange ...

He published death by design, first volume of plain speech poetry in the cage | stage trilogy, in 2016, with volume two, 29 chinchillas, published during March, 2017, and volume three, the last garden bird, due out by end-of-year, 2017.
The rest of Schmidt's 2017/18 publication program comprises

a novella, introducing Nathan Brown to readers, followed by a novel, in a series about this man under pressure,

two music albums, the first in English and the second in Afrikaans,

two, or maybe three universal children's stories aka children's stories for everyone.

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Mystic Berry 2016

Poem # 7: Mystic Berry 2016

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A fasting Yemeni Sufi mystic

ate berries in the year 1230
after noting birds bubbling around the sun and back.
Eager for their gummy berry juice
his eyes became crystals
as enlightened taste buds
painted his way.

An exiled Mochan healer

roasted berries seven hundred years ago
to take away the bitterness and end his stomach’s claims.
He found it rock hard like the beans I got last week.
Dropped it into water on the fire.

The smell spread for the very first time

reaching its true home – nostrils, filled with the sublime.
He levitated, just in time to drink a cuppa joe
and celebrate his increase in status –
Saint Wine of the Bean.

Eleven hundred years ago, Ethiopian goats bounced about

after grazing on a berry bush.
The goatherd, in touch with his inner goat
followed suit and bounced to boot
all the way to a monastery in the hills.

Every ounce of sin was cast into the fire

with aromatic consequences.
After a mug full of chanting and pious prayer
holy men ground the roasted results
and, ah, what have we there?

However the story started doesn’t matter much.
You won’t stop me from sipping my

new-fangled abominable heathenish liquor

as described in an anonymous petition, 1674.

As I smell the steamy energy
I smile at the irony
of the apex of the Enlightenment
having waited for this darkest drink of all.


read the sign of
Jacob’s inaugural Oxford shop.

Qahhwat al-bun    Kahve      Koffie        Coffee

Ah …
The enamel pot startles my eyes
as I inhale

good morning darkness

my old friend.


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