Haiku Bob – Round 1 – Collingwood v Western Bulldogs: familiar scent

Autumn night –

the stars all in place

for the opening bounce




at last the footy –

the sweet pain

of a gallant defeat




umpire’s whistle –

the crowd suddenly

finds its voice




lingering summer –

the pace of the game

slows to a trickle




windless night –

the long slow drop

of Cloke’s bomb





they kick the goal

we need




familiar scent –

the season opens

in defeat


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. Very pleased to be reading the internationally renowned exponent of haiku on the Almanac site – for his eleventh season!

  2. haiku bob says

    Great to be back JTH.
    It promises to be another heartbreaking year.
    Go Pies!

  3. John Butler says

    One man’s heartbreak is another man’s joy. :)

    Welcome to the new season HB.

  4. HB I thought the Pies were pretty good. They’ll win a few this year. If its any consolation I don’t reckon Cloke will make the Doggies best 22.

  5. DBalassone says

    Welcome back HB. A fine start to the season.

    Re booing of Cloke: what were they booing him for? Being crucified by Buckley last year? Plain dumb.

  6. David Conallin says

    Gotta love the commentators praise Cloke efforts like he was BOG but it he had the same game for Pies would have been condemned! Booing I think it part of the tradition and did you see the was the Collingwood players treated him after the final siren. Top stuff

  7. JBanister says

    No quarrels with how the playing group treated Trav, but the booing was pretty average I thought, especially compared to the reception Petrie got on Sunday.

    The haiku is a gem, Bob.

  8. haiku bob says

    Agreed DC – I thought the booing was good theater, and half in jest. It might well have been a collective purging of 12 years of watching him line up for goal as if he was walking the plank. Occasionally, he nails one. And I thought the commentators ‘analysis’ of his game was baffling. A typically good ordinary performance from the big fella.

    Thanks for the comments guys.


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