Under my heart

More birdsdays have passed the line

than there are still to come,

as one can see looking at me.

My body took its blows

in the daily battle whereof

one never knows what it’s to be

For me, there was one certainty

children had to become part of me

to cherish them and foster,

love them and see them prosper.

Joke van der Ark

Nr.725b – 20 June 2014