preliminary final – the clock stops


late september
the veteran scores
the winning goal
the MCG in spring —
alive with hawks, magpies
and seagulls
the moon
punches a hole in the sky —
Tarrant spoils
bad live stream our hopes flickering
spring haze
a field of heavy-limbed
Swan gets rid of it
before I notice
he had it
clock runs down …
I imagine the goal
we need
how appropriate
after Buddy’s goal
the clock stops
cloud-swathed moon —
Ball’s curling snap slices
the tension
sounds of spring —
the last gasp win lingers
at the bar

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. G’day HB,

    Where are you watching the 2011 GF from?

    There’s a large chance that I’ll be watching the 2012 edition from either Amsterdam, Den Haag or London.



  2. PF

    I’ll be at my lucky pub here in Stockholm – The Liffey.
    Local footy club ‘The Solna Axemen’ are hosting this year’s grand final breakfast.
    6am kickoff.
    Should be a beauty.


  3. G’day HB,

    Look at the current BOM Melbourne radar. Decent storms are rolling in from the NW.

    Plans not finalised yet. Could be in Geelong or at the game. Happy with either.

    Enjoy the Liffey. If I was to say this to you in Dublin, I’d also warn you about leptospirosis.


  4. PF

    re next year.
    not London. please.
    been there for 3 GF’s for 2 losses and a draw.
    so if the Pies make it, i know some places in amsterdam and den haag.


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