2023 AFL Grand Final Haiku Kukai



Grand final day—
the stadium fills
with hope


Welcome to the annual celebration of Australian footy and haiku!


Calling all haiku poets and other vagabonds from every nook and cranny on the planet to participate in the Annual AFL Grand Final Haiku Kukai for 2023. This is the one day of the year when haiku poets, expert and novice, turn their Zen minds to the rip-roaring, white-knuckle, roller-coaster experience of a footy match to produce a live haiku call of the AFL Grand Final. It is a Facebook only event, which you can join here.


This year the Pies will take on the Lions.


Like the game itself, there are no hard and fast rules for the kukai. Any style of haiku (or senryu) is acceptable. Even 5-7-5. One line or three. Just keep it nice. I reserve the right to remove any ‘questionable’ posts.


So, wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, whoever you barrack for, send us some haiku of your experience of watching the game. Whether it be from inside the stadium, your couch, bed, dunny or the local pub, send us your haiku throughout the game. This is a most unique grand final experience.


The event is open now and we will be accepting haiku all week in the lead-up to the game to capture some of the pre-game silliness.


Happy haiku-ing and see you at the game!


Haiku Bob.


Enjoy more from Haiku Bob here.


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About rob scott

Rob Scott (aka Haiku Bob) is a peripatetic haiku poet who calls Victoria Park home. He writes haiku in between teaching whisky and drinking English, or something like that.


  1. Daryl Schramm says

    JTH sent me an invite on FB. I had no idea what it was about. Now,8 I have an idea I’m even more reluctant. You guys are far too clever for me!

  2. Colin Ritchie says

    Might have a crack this year HB!

  3. Daryl Schramm says

    I might think a bit further on this for this year HB. I hope it is a success.

  4. Daryl, don’t be scared. Lots of haiku novices (& some illiterates!) get involved. It’s a bit of fun.


  5. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Wearing fluoro
    In Shane’s grandstand
    Helping you find your seat

  6. Great stuff Swish!
    Might see you there.
    I’m in M11.


  7. On this exulted day
    Dare dream the gods’ affection
    You are the moment

  8. Peter Crossing says

    After the event. Does this work?

    Four goals at the G
    A hill to climb
    Easy for Bobby

  9. Colin Ritchie says

    Well done HB, thoroughly enjoyed participating and reading all the offerings from other participants.

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