As some of you already know, I’m a poet as well. But not everyone has found out that one of my poetry bundles is written in English, titled: ‘Burning Blood’. It consists of two parts: Part 1 ‘Cracking Glass’ en Part 2 ‘Heart Smart’.
These are the poems performed some time ago on our full evening program in the Oude Rechtbank in Eindhoven: me (poems) & my accompanying musicians Erik Deckert (didgeridoo), Lianne van den Goorbergh (flute) and Arash Mahdavian (tar).
Many people asked me about the how, why and when of my poetry writing. Now, the summer break has started, there is more time for a longer post. In this post I will tell a bit about history and present of my poetrical life.
STORYTELLING FROM CHILDHOOD
Since childhood there was storytellling in my family. Moving around the world, migrating from Indonesia to Netherlands and Surinam, up and down and up and down, and later Peru, Jamaica, and back again to The Netherlands, the family was used to write letters (in those days hand written ..🙂 !!) to those who were left behind or those who had migrated too all over the world. As Eurasians we live in diaspora, so our family and the whole of the Eurasioan community is spread over the world on almost every continent.
One of the funny ànd practical habits in Holland I find the wooden boards with birth announcements of a newborn baby, placed in front of the house. You find them everywhere, in all kinds of shapes and forms: modest, hilarous, colorful, pragmatic and subdued.
Often the name of the newborn is mentioned on the board and the colors pink or blue make clear which gender the new family member has.
When the happy home has a front garden, you find the stick with board planted between the rosebushes.
Summers in The Netherlands are as changeable as all other seasons .. ‘het kan vriezen en het kan dooien‘ is what the Dutch say .. ‘it can be freezing cold and it can thaw’, meaning one never knows what will happen next .. the weather could change any time.
However, in summertime usually one will be able to enjoy warm or even blazing hot times .. and then a dive in the water will be great .. even more so in the sea!
There are a lot of nice beaches and dunes sceneries along the Dutch coasts .. some full of aquatics entertainment and beach cafés, restaurants and divertissement places .. others quiet and still for people who like to walk and bike, only accompanied by the relaxing sounds of the sea, the wind and the birds ..
And don’t forget the Wadden Islands with their huge, empty, rough and superb beaches and dunes areas .. they are gorgeous too!
So here some links to sites with more info about the Dutch beaches .. and BTW .. once you’ve discovered those beautiful places, then you might (as me) go back in other seasons too .. I do love those typical Dutch dunes and beaches in autum, winter and spring as well .. and I could assure you .. each season has its own enchantment!