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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 his books & music in English and Afrikaans, and performs his songs & stories in these languages.

He has worked as an 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 8 000+ readers. Published as autobiography, at first, he republished the book as adult fiction, during 2014, in English and Afrikaans. 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). 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 2017/18. 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, scheduled for publication during March, 2017, and volume three, the last garden bird, due out by mid-year, 2017.
The rest of Schmidt's 2017/18 publication program comprises

  • a novella, introducing Nathan Brown to readers, followed by two novels, in a series about this man under pressure,
  • a music album, in three bursts (he seems to love the number 3), and
  • two, or probably three universal children's stories aka children's stories for everyone.

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Two Stories & A Song For Us & Them

Poem #6: Two Stories & A Song For Us & Them

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From cage | stage Volume I – death by design (download for free by clicking here).


big bang, billions years?
life through extraordinary forms.
mass extinction tears.


you and me
many countless billions of times
experience birth


can’t remember the day of my first breath
or the state of the weather then

but it’s stormy outside


in a good way
only for some.
never for the bottom billion
leper-crawling in a slum.


you bleed blue lifeblood, Mother
for me.
carving mountains and valleys underfoot.

my daughter knows
yellow and blue bring green.

that planting flowers
while recycling plastic
could bear fruit.

my daughter for president
of our Mother and Father, I suppose.


ecology and eco-stories
the only way to sustain
their economy
and transcend our

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