Parades and Brightly Coloured Men – The 2015 AFL Grand Final Haiku Kukai

Welcome to the highlights reel for the fourth annual Grand Final Haiku Kukai. This year we had 60 writers calling in from London, Melbourne, Graz, Kyneton, Stockholm, Ghana, Woodend, Perth, Ballarat and wherever Ian Gostelow found himself on the Hume during the course of the game. Over 200 poems were written, which, not surprisingly, was 42 more than the total number of kicks the Eagles had for the match!

 

The participants were a diverse group, with seasoned veterans mixing it with novices alike, and unlike the game itself (yawn) the writing was full of colour, passion, feeling, and a touch of buffoonery. There were many twists and turns. Disquiet swept through the kukai before the first bounce, with many dreading a Hawthorn ‘3-peat’. Their fears were soon realised and the kukai, for a while, resembled a kind of therapy session, as detractors of the Brown and Gold voiced their discontent. But haiku poets tend to be realists. They know the sun will come up tomorrow. And they tend to write about that too. We got a taste of what was happening for everyone. Everywhere. Right then. It was magic.

 

See you at the bounce next year.

 

grand final morning ~

a disciple wearing a beanie

whispers a prayer

 

Rob Scott

 

 

clouds hover

forecast is brown and gold

dreading it

 

PJ Flynn

 

 

the clock ticks downwards

grog boozing rises upwards

dreading a three-peat

 

Susie Baldwin

 

 

Melbourne traditions:

parades and brightly coloured men

I like the word ‘Grand’

 

Timothy Train

 

 

Grand Final

another tulip shows

its colours

 

Jade Pisani

 

 

London sleeps

the call of the siren

sings us home

 

Lucy Stewart

 

 

breakfast bbq

turning lines of sausages

the haiku sizzle

 

Nathan Curnow

 

 

drug scandal

the ex-coach high

in the stands

 

Myron Lysenko

 

 

Australian Anthem –

resounding ninety clicks

from Gundagai

 

Ian Gostelow

 

 

first bounce ~

jostling for position

at the bar

 

Rob Scott

 

 

Players ducking

and weaving, a car flipped

on the Hume

 

Ian Gostelow

 

 

31 degrees

never seen anything like it ~

Hodge’s goal

 

Rob Scott

 

 

stream match

from an early morning Europe

too early for beer?

 

Ela Fornalska

 

 

Over, red rover

unless they have a Hopkins

bring on the rugby

 

Grant Andrea

 

 

half time sprint

our dog chases after

a magnolia petal

 

Myron Lysenko

 

 

‘blood rule’

I pour tomato sauce

on my pie

 

Maureen Sexton-Baker

 

 

Half time review

ironic to hear Carey

comparing two birds

 

Derek Begg

 

 

9 3 to 3 9

Palindromic scoring shots

and yet no balance

 

Patrick Nolan

 

 

watching from my mind’s eye –

her sattelite finally

gets signal

 

Emmanuel Jessie Kalusian

 

 

Overcast at G

West Coast need some reverse swing

sorry, forgot what sport

 

Susie Baldwin

 

 

Irish pub –

some bloke asks me

“What are you doing here?”

 

Rob Scott

 

 

19 marks the ball

Was that a goal? It’s too fast..

Bloody ad. Replay.

 

June Connell

 

 

Hawks’ shadow

longer than the Eagles’

size is important

 

Michael Potter

 

 

Hawks vs Eagles

critics begin circling

my lines of haiku

 

Nathan Curnow

 

 

31 degrees ~

players dive

into the shadows

 

Rob Scott

 

 

heavy defeat—

camellia flowers collapse

onto the grass

 

Myron Lysenko

 

 

road kill on the Hume

the West Coast Eagles

run over

 

Ian Gostelow

 

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.

Comments

  1. Peter Flynn says:

    It was fun HB. Thanks for convening.

    PJ Flynn

  2. haiku bob says:

    Hopefully it brought a bit of life to such a dull game.

    Thanks for being there.

    HB.

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