We are pleased to present a new selection of haikus by Herman Van Rompuy, former President of the European Council, as part of our series "The old poet speaks gently".

The haikus were originally written in French.

Herman van Rompuy: The old poet speaks gently.

He who has seen the sun

Never really gets used to the cold

A son of the sun

         XXX

The longing and the desire

for flowers and buds

for the smile of spring

       XXX

White prunus

Trees naked jealous

Colours colour life