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My Ode to The Netherlands

Hook of Holland arrive by the ferry
Meeting our good friends Ans and Jerry
The pancake house is where we love to eat
Being our with our Dutch friends – what a treat

Zwarte Piet will be visiting soon
Children crowded into the living room
Waiting for the black hand around the door
Sweets are freely scattered on to the floor

Visiting the haunting Anne Frank museum
Makes me think of the phrase carpe diem
Walking along the stunning cobbled street
Our trip to Amsterdam is now complete

I would love to return again one day
Meet Elly Wouterse on lands far away

Submitted to Elly Wouterse’s Contest
My Ode To The Netherlands

15th April 2014

The poem is written from very vivid childhood memories- its been a trip down memory lane  - it is also my first attempt at a sonnet



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  1. Date: 4/15/2014 10:10:00 PM

    Brilliant sonnet Jan... So you have been to the Netherlands? How I envy you!! I am Dutch but have never had the privilege...My last name is Ryerson, derived from Ryersolm (sp) We have a winner here...
  1. Date: 4/14/2014 11:09:00 PM

    Jan, you are on Fire!!
  1. Date: 4/14/2014 8:27:00 PM

    I used to love the "Dutch Baby" pancake when I was growing up.. This wonderful Jan...hugs Tim