A few standard answers come to mind for those who don’t live in The Netherlands. Windmills, cheese, wooden shoes and tulips. This poem is inspired by the scenery in some parts of The Netherlands. Keep in mind, that this country doesn’t consists only of fields of tulips.


The story of the tulip probably begins in the tenth century with the cultivation of this flower in Persia. The flowers where then introduced to Anatolia. The flowers were known to the Ottoman Emperors.

It was Ogier Ghislan de Busbecq who introduced the flowers to the western world. He worked as an ambassador for Emperor Ferdinand I at the court of Süleyman the Magnificent. He was amazed by the time of the year these flowers grew: midwinter. He send a shipment of flower bulbs to Vienna. There is still some doubt, weather these flowers were just samples of the narcissus.

It was Carolus Clusius, who was assigned to lead the first Dutch botanical garden of the oldest university of the Dutch Republic. This university is still located in the city of Leiden. There you can still find this botanical garden: (the) Hortus Botanicus. The Dutch adventure of the tulip started in 1593. In 1594 the first Dutch tulips would flower. This important year would lead to the most important Dutch export product: tulips.


Spring is the season when the Dutch tulips flower. On various locations in The Netherlands, one can see fields of tulips. This happens every year and it inspired me to write a poem about this.


By Harm


I saw tulips grow in the sunlight of spring
They were touched, softly, by sunbeams
Enjoying the temperature rising
Gently woken from their dreams
Fully exposed to the light
Tell me, what doesn’t grown in sunlight so bright?
Tulips do grow, in spring and after the winter snow
Slowly, into a tapestry so beau
A tapestry, for all to see
From the coastline near the sea,
to the borders of this country
And just waving
in the breeze of spring
Fields and fields of tulips, so amazing

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