According to the Guardian:
A relative unknown when he served as Belgium's prime minister for just 10 months before becoming EU president, Mr Van Rompuy has become internationally renowned not for his political achievements but for his haiku, a 17-syllable form of poetry originating in Japan.
Those looking for any insights into Mr Van Rompuy's political plans will be disappointed by his poetry and its mystical strain.
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Nobutake Odano, Japan's ambassador to the EU, would not comment on the literary merits of Mr Van Rompuy's haiku.
"He feels that he does not have to worry about the reaction of readers. He wants to express ideas in his own way," he said.
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On the seasons:
In a nearby ditch
toads mating passionately
tongues, towers and gods.
I search my way.
A moment of reflection:
Birds in concert,
one sings above all others.
I don't know its name.
Are you mute forever?
Are flesh and blood extinct?
I will be your grave.
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See also:Speech by President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy
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