Haiku Bob – Round 17: ironing out the wrinkles



50th birthday –

my team the whole day

ironing out the wrinkles





thick cloud

the ball buries itself

in the full-forward’s chest





rain starts to fall

how softly

we give up the lead





winter rain –

fumble after fumble

leads to a goal





half-time deficit

I give myself

a good talking to





heavy rain –

nobody in the crowd notices

the lack of a game plan





waning moon

we manage to cling

to a narrow lead


Haiku Bob will join us for lunch with Ben Robbins on Friday. Hopefully he’ll bring a couple of recent books – two of his own, and one he is featured in. MORE ABOUT THE LUNCH HERE


About rob scott

Rob Scott (aka Haiku Bob) is a Melbourne-born resident of Sweden who spent his adolsecence in Queensland. He has also had stints in Japan and The Netherlands but calls Victoria Park home. He writes haiku in between teaching whisky and drinking English, or something like that.


  1. Peter Flynn says:

    Happy Birthday Old Mucker.

    I have taken over a subject at short notice at the uni so roast in Kyneton is off unfortunately.

    Harmy, you should invite HB to do a reading or two at the lunch. Good promo for his books.


  2. Beautiful HB. I’ve noticed that since I turned 50 a few years back I talk to myself a whole lot more.

    Happy birthday.

  3. Love the way haiku showcases the multiple meanings of words – “soft” rain/”soft” giving up.
    Hope you don’t have much to high coo about on Sunday.

  4. haiku bob says:

    Thanks for the birthday wishes.

    Flynny – There will always be another roast.

    Dips – The talking is fine. But be wary of advice.

    PB – You’re right. It’s just word play.

    See you at the lunch!


  5. David Conallin says:

    At half time we gave our selves a good talking to as son had purchased open air tickets and we left the brolly in the car so it was going to be a wet wait for the bus and walk through the flooded car park (as it turned out to be!) with 4 and 7 yo grand kids. But at least we won!
    Love your work

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