A Haiku in 18 parts

Karma quells
The early crow


An army shares
Buckley’s hope


Great expectations
Playing at the Malthouse


Spectre of Dyer
Seasons haunt


A once mighty power
Soldiering on


Dank corridors
No exit in sight


Lyon on the line
Slams the phone


Inner Demons
Now on the outer


Autumn leaves
Dog day afternoons


Suck on that
Paddle pop lion


Coasting by
A vacant high-rise


Money pours
Down a giant well


Crowded market
Roo for sale


Bounced and toe poked
Old Saints be damned


Hawks fly by
Windows open and close


Eagle one
Orbits the ‘G


Feline groovy
A belly full of cream


Swanning about
The spoils of victory



With apologies and deference to Rob Scott on my Haiku debut – may the Review Panel be lenient for my crimes against Haiku law!

About Jeff Dowsing

Washed up former Inside Sport and Sunday Age Sport freelancer. Now just giving my stuff away to good homes. Not to worry, still have my health and day job. Published & unpublished works fester on my blog Write Line Fever.


  1. Stephen Cooke says

    Very clever, Jeff. Well done.

  2. spookily similar to Harold Stewart’s translations of Japanese haiku in the 50’s, the first such attempt in Australia, which were arranged into two-line couplets (only his rhymed!). the ‘rules of haiku’ are such at the moment that if you want to call something a haiku, then it’s a haiku.

    welcome to the fold JD.

  3. Thanks Bob, always enjoy your work.

    Beyond the double meanings and attempt at an interactive arrangement, rhyming was a bridge too far for this novice!

  4. I really enjoyed that Jeff.

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