Haiku Bob – Round 17: ironing out the wrinkles



50th birthday –

my team the whole day

ironing out the wrinkles





thick cloud

the ball buries itself

in the full-forward’s chest





rain starts to fall

how softly

we give up the lead





winter rain –

fumble after fumble

leads to a goal





half-time deficit

I give myself

a good talking to





heavy rain –

nobody in the crowd notices

the lack of a game plan





waning moon

we manage to cling

to a narrow lead


Haiku Bob will join us for lunch with Ben Robbins on Friday. Hopefully he’ll bring a couple of recent books – two of his own, and one he is featured in. MORE ABOUT THE LUNCH HERE


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. Peter Flynn says

    Happy Birthday Old Mucker.

    I have taken over a subject at short notice at the uni so roast in Kyneton is off unfortunately.

    Harmy, you should invite HB to do a reading or two at the lunch. Good promo for his books.


  2. Beautiful HB. I’ve noticed that since I turned 50 a few years back I talk to myself a whole lot more.

    Happy birthday.

  3. Love the way haiku showcases the multiple meanings of words – “soft” rain/”soft” giving up.
    Hope you don’t have much to high coo about on Sunday.

  4. haiku bob says

    Thanks for the birthday wishes.

    Flynny – There will always be another roast.

    Dips – The talking is fine. But be wary of advice.

    PB – You’re right. It’s just word play.

    See you at the lunch!


  5. David Conallin says

    At half time we gave our selves a good talking to as son had purchased open air tickets and we left the brolly in the car so it was going to be a wet wait for the bus and walk through the flooded car park (as it turned out to be!) with 4 and 7 yo grand kids. But at least we won!
    Love your work

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