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I live in the land
where seas are high
and soils are low
where dikes and dunes
are border posts of
safe and sound

I live in the land
where sea levels rise
and soil levels sink
where boats look down
on red tiled roofs
and tops of trees

I live in the land
where sand and clay
replace the rock
where houses on piles
stand straight and strong
in shrinking peat

I live in the land
where poets have sung
of slow moving rivers
in infinite lowlands
where painters have praised
the grey kaleidoscope above

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  1. Date: 6/3/2009 7:36:00 AM
    Congrats on your tribute to the beautiful "Holland" being featured. Vince

  1. Date: 6/1/2009 12:53:00 AM
    Congratulations on this featured poem. Ernilando

  1. Date: 5/10/2009 2:44:00 AM
    What an amazing write to your country Niels, to me the Dutch are a lovely nation, must get there one day, James.

  1. Date: 5/3/2009 11:51:00 AM
    Niels, my belated congrats in making the semi finals...Raul

  1. Date: 4/22/2009 10:13:00 AM
    Well I enjoyed this back in March when I commented and WOW here it is a "first round survivor" ... smile ... congratulations and good luck in the contest, Niels.

  1. Date: 4/10/2009 4:09:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry making it in the semi finals. Wishing you the best of luck in the finals neils. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 4/4/2009 10:08:00 PM
    congrats on a well desevered first round survival. wishing you all the best in the finals. love Leke

  1. Date: 4/2/2009 6:24:00 PM
    I love this tribute to your homeland! Good luck in the finals, and congratulations on making it through the first round!! :) ~ Carrie

  1. Date: 3/22/2009 4:28:00 AM
    Certainly a different perspective! Well done my friend!! Best wishes, Keith

  1. Date: 3/21/2009 3:41:00 PM
    Dear Niels,Congratulations on YOUR Featured POEM "Holland" Until now I have never been to Holland as I stepped off the boat on to the roof of YOUR house ThankYOU for bringing me to YOUR Country Such a vision of Beauty "where painters have praised the grey kaleidoscope above" ALWAYS...HG

  1. Date: 3/19/2009 7:58:00 PM
    Very nice paints a wonderful picture, image in the mind.

  1. Date: 3/19/2009 9:23:00 AM
    Congratulations Niels on the featuring of "Holland." Vince

  1. Date: 3/18/2009 9:57:00 AM

  1. Date: 3/17/2009 1:37:00 PM
    Love your mast's eye view...where else but Holland. Love, daver

  1. Date: 3/17/2009 11:50:00 AM
    Wonderul imagery! Congratulations on being featured! ~Trudy~

  1. Date: 3/17/2009 2:33:00 AM
    Nice write Niels! My girlfriend lives in Holland and you encapsulate the place beautifully!

  1. Date: 3/16/2009 5:33:00 PM
    Congratulations on your wonderful poetry being featured this week! Love, Shar

  1. Date: 3/16/2009 4:58:00 PM
    Congratulations on being featured this week! Smiles from Lolita

  1. Date: 3/15/2009 1:03:00 PM
    I am truly envious, Niels. My son had a visit to Amsterdam a few year back and sent postcards of VanGogh's museum ... I love the tulips and windmills ... how beautifully you've written here and congratulations on having this wonderful poem featured this week at the Soup!!

  1. Date: 2/15/2009 1:08:00 PM
    Niels, your homeland sounds magical! I've always wanted to visit the Netherlands, but never more than after reading this verse. Carolyn