backing into the swell

taking my lead from fellow floreat pican andrea mcnamara this week. i too was ‘by the sea’ for this game. actually, it was a lake – and we were in the middle of it. on an island about 3 hours north of stockholm called örjung. beautiful, peaceful place with classic swedish scenery – water, forest, wild flowers, red houses and skinny dippers, including me.



football by the sea —

Krakouer only pretends

to handball


ocean dusk —

darkness comes quickly

for the Sun’s defence



sea breeze —

Leon’s perfect pass

by barely touching it


a cloud of magpies

drowns out the sounds

of the ocean



land of white beaches —

the ball ends it’s journey

where Cloke plants his feet



arms skyward

backing into the swell

Reid takes the mark



white caps —

Johnno moves through the break

and curls one home


gap in the swell —

the moon fills the space

between goals


dropping the oars —

the Pies go along

with the drift






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. Andrew Fithall says

    The haiku I love. The last line of the preamble I could have done without. #uncomfortablevisualisation.

  2. You’re with Swedish girls skinny dipping and you can think about footy?? Remarkable.

  3. Phil Dimitriadis says

    Dips, it could be a case of lie back and think of Collingwood for HB.

  4. haiku bob says

    it was a chilly weekend, so i suggested we have a sauna. it wasn’t my idea to jump in the lake.
    but when in rome…

  5. Skinny dippers
    crabs with nippers
    passers by…
    goggles and flippers

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