Belgium

Written for:  Carpe Diem #967 Belgium
Belgium was one of the countries who established the preliminary European Union, the EEC (European Economic Community). Through the treaty of Rome Belgium was a co-founder of the EU in 1957. Now almost 70 years later the EEC has become the EU in which 28 European Countries are working together.

In the southeastern part of Belgium you can find the  Ardennes.

ardennen 2

This month I will try to find a haiku poet from every country we will visit and today I love to share a haiku by Herman Van Rompuy, the former Prime Minister of Belgium and the first President of the European Council.

Herman Van Rompuy is a honored haiku poet and his haiku are pretty awesome I would say. So here are a few of his haiku:

Birds in concert,
one sings above all others.
I don’t know its name

in a nearby ditch
toads mating passionately
inaugurate spring.

The harvest is in
and the trees are already thinning.
Evening nears.

© Herman van Rompuy

Here is my attempt:

layered nature
flowers, trees, water, mountains
The Ardennes, Belgium

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About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are in the process of returning to New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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3 Responses to Belgium

  1. cloudfactor5 says:

    When I first visited Belgium, the exchange was 55BF to the dollar and a warm bottle of Heineken (fresh Heineken beer came in brown bottles) cost 8BF !!
    Ketchup was called American sauce, and the Belgians ate french fries with mayonnaise. All in all a lovely country of luxurious scenery with many warm kind-hearted citizens, who are also great cooks !! Lots of fabulous fresh pastry shops, dangerous place if you have a sweet tooth or dessert addiction !!

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  2. Ardennes caught in three lines …. awesome sara.

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