AFL Round 17 – Gold Coast v Collingwood (Haiku Bob): half in the clouds


one cloud
blocks out the sun –
but no tag on Ablett



expansion team –
the unfamiliar faces
in the crowd



sun sets Cloke stabs at it



floodlit field
the marquee player
starts to take effect



setting sun
half in the clouds –
Elliot’s screamer



the curve of the moon
Ablett bends one



dead leaves
a pile forms
deep into time-on



different time-zone
we come up
one goal short


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. HB – I am increasingly in love with the haiku. It seems like a form of repeated distillation, to reduce something to its essence and thereby increase its intensity.
    Love it. They’re better when you lose. More reflective.

  2. Peter Flynn says


    I agree with PB and he put it far better than I could.



    PS I’ve gone mad with Spotify.

  3. haiku bob says

    Thanks PB/PJF

    There seems to be a general consensus that the haiku ‘comes out better’ after a loss.
    I tend to agree, but I’m starting to wonder…

    Perhaps this is due to the reader’s natural empathy after a loss (obviously I’m talking about Collingwood supporters here!). A sort of desire to include themselves in the suffering, to feel connected to the team, connected to the fight, the struggle, the loss….

    (I’ve been to a funeral today, which has possibly washed over my thoughts…)

    Get around Spotify PJF.


  4. Peter Flynn says


    When I say mad on Spotify, I’ve downloaded a heap of Stones albums and just lovin it. I’m the King Bee baby etc!

    So much so I’ve forgotten about artificial constructs.


    The bloke who runs the local Systembolaget.

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