Rompuy directive to EU citizens: Write a Haiku poem

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    20th November, 2009

    President Van

    Rompuy has directed his first and probably only directive to EU citizens. (Unless he gets the boss’s permission to direct us some more.)

    Write a Haiku poem

    [A haiku is a non-rhymed verse genre, conveying an image or feeling in two parts spread over three lines, usually with a seasonal reference. Here’s how to create a descriptive, engaging haiku. There are 5 syllables in the first sentence, 7 in the second and 5 again in the last sentence.]

    So, ever the faithful EU citizen, here’s my effort:

    President? Who? Me?
    Didn’t seek it, unlike some.
    Winter’s setting in.

    The FT’s Robert Shrimsley had a go on 5th November, though he went on a bit!

    Blair’s haiku

    By Robert Shrimsley – (excerpt)

    However, it is understood that Mr Blair has been ringing around European leaders and power brokers to assure them that he too writes haiku.

    The FT has also gained exclusive access to the former PM’s new volume of haiku, which his staff are rushing to pull together in time for the next EU summit.

    Voices quell, Anger dims A soothing snow falls on hills

    I was an envoy once, you know

    Leaves turn brown and die A party turns Brown and dies

    Death’s colour is brown

    Old pond Full of money

    I leap in

    European summit

    The smart dwarf can best the giant

    But he can’t stop traffic in Beijing

    robert.shrimsley@ft.com


    Reasonable effort.
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    One Response to “Rompuy directive to EU citizens: Write a Haiku poem”

    1. So did the earth move for YOU, Lord Weidenfeld, in 2009? « Tony Blair Says:

      […] you could write it in Haiku to President Rompuy. Whoever he is. Then perhaps he’ll let us […]

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