21 Mar 2010

EU president Herman Van Rompuy and his love of haiku

If you're ever passing through the leafy town of Sint-Genesius-Rode near Brussels, and you see a thoughtful man walking a dog, you could be witnessing the birth of a poem.

The man could be the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, the dog Louis, a 10-year-old mongrel from a rescue centre.

And the poem? One of the 17-syllable haiku that have earned Mr Van Rompuy the nickname Haiku Herman.

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