It’s why I love your country more than any other

I’ve lived in many places

But I’ve never seen houses called after women

I know your names

Caroline, Hortensia, Dorothea, Odile, Maria, Louisa, Bea, Emma, Wilhelmina…

I know the ship has a female name

Like the ones that set out from your ports

As you keep the home fires burning

Kadoe, Torigema, Elly, Lili, Jeannette, Henny, Catharina, Johanna, Pretoria…

But I’ve never seen houses called after women

It’s why I miss your country more than any other

 

 

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