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My ode to the Netherlands

Beneath Australia’s expansive sunlit sky, I recall the patchwork quilt, where my life began
12 provinces united, one country created; uniformity resists when anthems unite the parochial clan

From staunch Overijssel in the north, to Limburg’s laughter in the south
From Drente’s eastern reach renowned, to Zeeland’s exalted river mouth 

Friesland’s fair and twisted tongue, a language apart 
Her “Tjalks” adorn the “Ijsselmeer”, binding forever a Fries heart

Groningen’s Martini towered capitol sits amid Europe’s oldest man made scenery
While Utrecht at the countries heart, the nation’s birthplace abounds in greenery

The Hollands next both South and North, give us cities which compete
For world renown, both Rotter- and sweet Amsterdam, with tulips are complete 

Gelderland’s unfortunate claim to fame came from war
When allies forced a German retreat; they aimed a bridge too far

North Brabant lies beneath southern skies, a friendly place where life is good
Before Lent with carnival spent round old Saint John, is where, my cradle once stood 

Limburg land of promise, of fresh fruit flans and singing nightingales, 
Where clear streams cascade through oaken forests and silence prevails

Flevoland, the last, where fishing boats of Urk once sailed the Southern Sea
Now reclaimed land doth arise as each polder dries, thanks to the vision of Lely  

Fatherland, motherland, though far away now, if truth be told
A warm place in my heart, “Je maintiendrai”; I will uphold

Copyright © | Year Posted 2014




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Date: 4/30/2014 2:09:00 PM
Great work about a place that you seem to know very well..Congrats..Sara
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Date: 4/30/2014 1:41:00 AM
Huberta, I thought this entry was really wonderful and I am so happy to see it on the winner's list. Congratulations on your wonderful win.
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Date: 4/29/2014 6:38:00 PM
Wonderful win Huberta... Linda
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Date: 4/29/2014 4:40:00 AM
Huberta a great poem here worth a great win ! Congrats it's lovely each couplet mesmerises !
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Date: 4/28/2014 3:46:00 PM
Thank you for supporting my contest. The mention of 'patchwork"as describing the Dutch landscape such recognisable starter.. and took me along so many beautiful places. I enjoyed reading your Ode to my (and your) Netherlands.. ending on my winners list. Dutch Greetings and congrats. Elly
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Date: 2/18/2014 3:53:00 PM
by the way, if I remember correctly, she said to write no more than 19 lines. Go check her rules again. You might need to take two of your couplets out!
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Huberta van Akkeren
Date: 2/18/2014 6:46:00 PM
Thanks for the heads up Andrea it was between 18 -21...i had 22, changed it now to 20. Thank you for your comments...i lived there for 25 years...so i should know something about the place...but live and love Australia.
Date: 2/18/2014 3:52:00 PM
gosh, you know a lot more than I do about that region!! sounds just like you were born there. You are Australian now? Good info!
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