I’ve received a golden pen.
My name is on it, in golden letters.
A festive pen, a birthday pen!
A present from the children
who are also golden.
Now I simply have to try it out.
Not much success at first,
it still feels a bit stiff,
it writes two invisible letters.
Then the ink flows freely:
’All the birds have left the nest
save me and thee.’
The last two lines are a variation of the first known 'poem' in the Dutch language.
To see the original, go to here.