AFL Round 8 – Collingwood v Geelong (Haiku Bob): a wicked curve


autumn night
the crowd lit
by Krakouer



flock of gulls
closing down the room
to move



autumn evening wrapped up in another tackle



last leaves
the forward press
shakes one loose



first quarter moon
a deliberate shot
takes a wicked curve



low cloud
everyone covered
except Sammy Dwyer



icy wind
the first crack
in our defence



smoke curls
around the chimney
Motlop from the boundary



bright and shiny moon
the substitute
enters the fray


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. Andrew Fithall says

    HB. Wonderful work as always. I have fond memories of Krakouer night.


  2. Peter Flynn says

    Superb HB.

    Haiku that includes references to forward press etc.

    Great stuff.

  3. HB – its probably a great Haiku but I’m not reading it this week.

  4. Phil Dimitriadis says

    Krak helps me stay faithful. Great stuff HB.

  5. haiku bob says

    as a postcript to this week’s haiku, I really tried to get one in about the umps, but frankly they left me speechless.
    as i told the floreat pica society during the week, I missed much of the last quarter after slamming my laptop shut when sammy dwyer was unceremoniously dumped while running onto a loose ball close to goal, only for the cats to get a free for precisely the same infringement a few seconds later. at that stage i thought we were gone, and with only 2 free kicks paid to us in the previous hour, a win looked unlikely unless we could somehow wrestle momentum from the umps…

  6. Also bemusing was the harping on the Krak free & play on – which was a tad lucky – which occurred seconds after Cloke could not even raise an arm to compete for a mark because he was all but straight jacketed by two Geelong defenders.

  7. DBalassone says

    JD, I reckon Krak fooled the umpies 3 times with that goal: 1) the ball was already over the line 2) he sunk to his knees to get the around the neck free kick and 3) he played on over the mark. Strangely, it was one of those nights where you felt almost anything was possible with the umps and hence Krak’s 3 acts of opportunism were played out successfully….

    PS Does Lonergan invoke the spirit of Micky Gayfer when he plays on Cloke?

  8. Great work HB.

    Don’t let the men in green/red/yellow get to you.

    And don’t overlook Swanny’s 3 x pressure acts in that last few frenzied minutes. A good sign.

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