19 November 2009

News Watch: New EU President Writes Haikus

From the LA Times:
Herman Van Rompuy, the prime minister of Belgium, is to become the EU's first full-time president on Jan. 1, filling a post aimed at helping strengthen and streamline the alliance. Known as
an effective mediator and a composer of haiku, including a widely circulated poem on hair loss, Van Rompuy will move from one office to another in Brussels, the seat of both the Belgian government and EU headquarters.

I had to track this down. Found it on the Times Online here.

Hair, originally written in Flemish Dutch:

“Hair blows in the wind/ After years there is still wind/ Sadly no more hair.”

The sparseness of the haiku form lends itself well to the subject matter does it not? I felt the loss acutely.

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