EU head’s poetic yen for hair
BRUSSELS: Herman Van Rompuy, the European Union’s new president, may not be that well-known around the world but he’s already winning fans in Japan – as a poet rather than a politician.
Belgium’s low-key prime minister is fond of writing haiku – three-line Japanese poems of just 17 syllables – and is building a reputation with Japanese poets less than 24 hours after he got the newly created job.
“We feel very proud that the first EU president ever elected loves haiku,” Kaoru Fujimoto, an official of the Haiku Inter national Association, said in Tokyo. “It’s great to know that haiku, which is part of Japanese culture, is spreading.”
Van Rompuy, 62, is perhaps best known for the haiku that he wrote about his hair:
“Hair blows in the wind
After years there is still wind Sadly no more hair.” Van Rompuy’s grey hair is thinning.
Fujimoto said there was deep feeling in his love of haiku, which is said to be therapeutic. – Reuters