Haiku Bob – Round 14: The Ties That Bind

Hello Fellow Knackers,


This week’s haiku is inspired by Haiku Bob’s travels to Gothenburg to see Bruce Springsteen live in concert for the first time since 1985.


Within hours of Collingwood’s dour victory over the dire Dockers, HB boarded a train to the deep south of Sweden to catch up with fellow Knacker and Bruce fanatic, PJ Flynn, for a night of revelry and jollification.


It was a marathon show, becoming the second longest Springsteen concert in history. It went for a tick under 4 hours, but to HB and Flynny, it felt like 2 – almost the exact opposite of the game. The crowd of 62,676 was more than 3 times the size of Friday night’s MCG crowd. It was a joyful, uplifting and inspired evening. In many ways, despite the Pies’ much needed win, the two events were like chalk and cheese.


In the following match report, HB tries to merge the two events, using 9 song titles (of the 38 the Boss played that night) as a bridge.


The Ties That Bind ~
another forgettable game
I just had to see




low crowd ~
the sound of a car horn
Out in the Street




Born in the USA ~
the first goal to Cox
was when he hit the ground




The Rising ~
on the moon side of the ground
Howe takes a screamer




Murder Incorporated ~
the lead blows out
to 40 points




Spirit in the Night ~
the crowd claps a behind
to keep itself warm




holding on to our lead
Because the Night
was made for icicles




Shackled and Drawn ~
the diehards make their way
for the exit




The River ~
how soon our thoughts turn
to finals



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. Wonderful HB. Gee I hope you and Flynny had a seat if the concert lasted 4 hours.

    High Hopes for next season?

  2. Rick Kane says

    Like a river that don’t know where it’s flowing …

    Sounds like a great gig. The best concerts I have seen have been Bruce shows, Sydney in 85, Melbourne in 2013 and then even better in 2014.


  3. Screen door slams

  4. Brilliant HB. I’m thoroughly envious. Looked at Bruce’s European tour schedule and fantasised about spending a month traversing the continent to catch shows in different countries.
    Work and the superannuation balance said not this year. At 66 how many more big tours with full concerts can he have in him? Must be the fittest most driven guy on the planet. Love everything about Bruce.
    He is bringing out his autobiography later this year and then recording a new album after doing the publicity for the book. River Tour Australia in late summer 2017??? Please omnipotent non-existent spiritual being of your choosing (PC enough?)

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