Haiku Bob – AFL Round 1 – the cackle of magpies


first game of the year
arriving at the ground
too early

early lead
recalling last year’s
early lead

so humid
the defensive line
fans out

windless afternoon –
Harry’s dreadlocks
still swinging

one more drops into the hole Barry fills

no sweat
Medhurst plucks the ball
from the muggy air

wherever he goes
Johnno bows to the pull
of his left

rushed behind –
Didak grabs it
before it’s there

leaving the stadium –
the cackle
of magpies

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

    Welcome back HB. I trust the ’09 tears have been wiped away. Your fine re-entry into the season is aiding in my recovery. Is the “cackle” of magpies leaving the stadium the sound they were making or a new and welcome collective noun?

  2. haiku bob says


    it could be described as hubristic chortling.


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