The first copy of my book, a haiku anthology,  has been sent  via Parliament, to Herman van Rompuy,

President of the European Council, who was on official visit in Malta some weeks ago,  writes haiku and  has recently published his first haiku collection. This has earned him the nickname of Haiku Herman. 

The book has an introduction by Prof Oliver Friggieri and by the late Rev Prof Peter Serracino Inglott. A special thanks also goes to Lino Spiteri for his patience, suggestions  and especially his eye for detail.

A special thanks also goes to Mr Lawrence Zerafa, a former Chemistry teacher, for his kind assistance.


  • Edward
    Posted at 15:15h, 28 October

    If I may, I will be waiting for you at the Palace entrance to have you sign Almond Blossoms.
    Your great literary contribution is a good indication of your deep thoughts on the philosophy of life.

  • cangun
    Posted at 14:00h, 28 October

    Very insightfull indeed. I recommend.

  • Marygrace
    Posted at 14:23h, 27 October

    Dr Franco Debono
    I found your book at Agenda bookshop. You never cease to amaze me. You are an all-rounder and that is why I have put my trust in you.
    I strongly believe that your best moments are yet to come.
    Viva Franco…..You have lots of loyal supporters. I can vouch for that.

    • Chinese Jar
      Posted at 00:01h, 28 October

      Pretend to be Japanese, Marygrace. Then he might show some interest in you.

  • Jeffrey Camilleri
    Posted at 13:08h, 27 October

    Yes I bought it too from Agenda. I just started it and I like it.

  • Charles
    Posted at 12:37h, 27 October

    I was searching the book on google,then I asked for it at Agenda.
    That is where I got it from,from Agenda book shop.Right under my nose,and may I say,I enjoyed it a lot.
    I added an other jewel to my library. Thanks for the good read Dr Franco,its food for thought.

    • Chinese Jar
      Posted at 14:56h, 27 October

      Anyone who uses the expression ‘food for thought’ by definition does not know what a good read is.

      Also, a ‘good read’ is not an apt description for haiku poetry. It is better suited to a John Grisham novel.

  • Pace Carmel
    Posted at 16:18h, 26 October

    I bought the book from Agenda Bookshop for 6 euro. Well done Franco, very interesting. The haiku poems leaves the reader to reflect about them.

    • Chinese Jar
      Posted at 14:56h, 27 October


  • Alouette III
    Posted at 13:14h, 26 October


    Fejnhom it-trakkijiet godda
    tghid mhux se tidhqu bija
    Wistin u int lilek qed nghid
    Sur Bendy Bus Delia

    Imisskom tibdew tavzawna
    ingorru l-elmu maghna
    kaxxa tal-first aid u faxex
    dejjem a spejjez taghna

    U kif ma tghaddix gurnata
    triduhom illamtati
    imbaghad bix-xarabanks wieqfa
    jew ma xi hajt stampati

    Propjament min qed jikkmanda
    Delia,Gonzi Wistin
    forsi Edgar Galea Curmi
    ara b min ahna msallbin.

  • Dominic Chircop
    Posted at 10:27h, 26 October

    Dr Debono,

    It would be a good idea if, after the publication of the haiku, you embark on an anthology of epiġrams. I am sure your inimitable style and your satire would result in a very telling publication.

    • Chinese Jar
      Posted at 14:57h, 27 October

      And after that, perhaps a collection of spelling mistakes, grammatical errors, and literal translations from Maltese.

  • ex pn sellili
    Posted at 09:59h, 26 October

    int persuna valida ma ghamlulekx sew. mhux ta bxejn hafna eks nazzjonalisti qedin idabru rashom mil-lum. kemm naf jien persuni valididimi u nodfa li ma inqdejwx! Ara x’ghamlulu il-partit!

  • Franco l idolu taghna
    Posted at 09:19h, 26 October

    These are the people of substance whose opinion matters.
    We dont give a hoot what dcg jars thinks or rather,says.
    Dr Franco,you are unique!

    • Chinese Jar
      Posted at 13:04h, 26 October

      ‘Dr Franco you are unique.’

      Thank God for that.