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 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. 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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