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Contest: EU Haikus

7:20 PM, Mar 30, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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The AP reports:

EU President Herman Van Rompuy, known to some as Haiku Herman, will publish a book of poetry next month.

The former Belgian prime minister is an avid writer of haiku, a traditional Japanese form of poetry. Van Rompuy has been criticized as boring since he was picked for the EU's top job in November but some say his haikus stand out.

Until now, he has published them on his blog. Now, with his higher profile, he'll take the next step April 15.

Haiku are unrhymed verses of three lines. Van Rompuy sometimes writes them on political themes, including one last year to laud Belgian-Spanish-Hungrian cooperation:

"Three waves. Roll into port together. The trio is home," he wrote.

You can do better than that, can't you? TWS literary editor Philip Terzian provides this haiku for inspiration:

Antwerp twerp pens verse
Ascends the Brussels ladder
Haiku/EU worse?

Send in your own haiku about the EU or its haiku-loving president to wws [at] The author of the best haiku will win a free year-long subscription to THE WEEKLY STANDARD.

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