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Haiku from the EU

Posted by Steve Greenlee  April 15, 2010 02:10 PM

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haiku.jpgAround six, birds
ushering in the morning
audible spring

OK, not exactly Robert Frost. Still, European Union President Herman van Rompuy has published a book of haiku, and you haven't. What is the Dutch-speaking leader of the EU doing writing a traditional form of Japanese poetry?

"Our time is in need of simplicity," Van Rompuy, 62, said at the Belgian parliament today, in an event marking the publication of the book, which contains 95 of his haiku. He added: "I don't think I will set a trend" at the EU.

His three-line, 17-syllable poems are written in Dutch, with English, French, German, and Latin translations on the opposing pages, according to the Associated Press. Here's another taste from his book, which is simply called "Haiku":

The cold of frost chisels
fine shoe-tracks in the clay
tomorrow mud day

Now let us give it a try:

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