01 Aug Haiku Herman
In my parliamentary speech outlining my private members’ motion 24 major areas of positive reforms in justice and home affairs, i quoted a haiku, i had written some time before :
tension in the strings
balancing the scales
I think that short three verse poem could summarise my three and a half hour speech that followed!
It was also nice to know that Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council, who was on official visit in Malta some weeks ago, writes haiku and he has recently published his first haiku collection.
In fact he has been nicknamed Haiku Herman !
Probably the most famous haiku writer in Maltese politics was Anton Buttigieg who published his collection of haiku and tanka in 1968 entitled ‘Il-Muza bil-Kimono’.
Last year I had the opportunity to contribute a small number of haiku in an anthology compiled by Terence Portelli entitled ‘Bil-hajku nsellimlek – Mill-Gappun ghal malta u lura’ with the proceeds being donated to the Japan earthquake victims. The same anthology included haiku by some twenty poets including Lino Spiteri, Anton Buttigieg and Oliver Friggieri, Gorg peresso and Joe Friggieri.
u tara biss fl-eghlieqi
irgiel tat-tiben – Anton Buttigieg
nifsek hafif fuq wicci
ifeh’mni kollox – Lino Spiteri
mill-omm ghat-tfal bil-heffa.
biex titla, tbati – Oliver Friggieri