Green Ferns

I once was in love, I was only ten years old. Perfectly innocent we held hands and were equally happy. I remember this summer afternoon in the forest hidden under a roof of three foot ferns, away from the world.

Lying on a blanket we each read the same book of The Famous Five written by Enid Blyton, our mutual favourite writer.

Solse Gat, Garderen

Photo Henk Eilander

I remember those peaceful afternoons, the quiet reading, no words necessary to express to each other what we felt and we were both content with that. These high bright green ferns where like magic to us, one moment cycling through the woods, the next minute nowhere to be found, hidden for all. And all we did was read our books or just lying there with our eyes closed.

There were these green ferns, the perfect hiding place, the sun, the quiet times we spent there, the air was filled with sweet sounds of wind, brushing the leaves. Crickets chirping underneath the moist carpet of the woods, I felt tickling branches in my hair.

There are still high bright green ferns in those woods, but why is the world not so peaceful anymore?

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Leendert van Gemeren

Dit ben ik, Leendert. Ik ben een beetje ouderwets en houd van dingen die geweest zijn, bijvoorbeeld oude Engelse series op TV zoals All Creatures Great And Small, mechanische horloges, bifocale brillen en oude langspeelplaten. Ik houd niet van moderne dingen en werk regelmatig aan een ouderwetse modelspoorbaan. Ik volg Jezus en schrijf mijn gedichten soms ook over Hem maar ik schrijf ook verhalen over het leven. Excentriek. Op feestjes ben ik vaak te vinden in de keuken.


This is me, Leendert. I am a little bit old-fashioned and I love things from the past, old series like All Creatures Great And Small, mechanical wristwatches, bi-focal glasses and vinyl records for example. I am not keen on modern things and I often work on this old style model railway. I follow Jesus and sometimes write a poem about Him but I also write about my life. Eccentric. You can often find me in the kitchen at parties.

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