The 4th Annual AFL Grand Final Haiku Kukai

Tired of Cometti-isms?
Sick of Bruce’s reeeeeeal ‘speshial’ musings?
Can’t make sense of BT’s nonsensical…nonsense?
Want a different call of the game for this year’s Grand Final?

Then join us for the Annual Grand Final Haiku Kukai*!

Welcome to the annual celebration of footy and haiku.

Footy and haiku.
Go together hand in hand.
Like beer and peanuts.

(By the way, this is not a haiku).

This Saturday, the Hawks and the Eagles will swoop off in the AFL Grand Final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

To celebrate this famous day on the sporting calendar, haiku poets and non-haiku poets alike from all over the world, and of course the Almanackery, are invited to take part in a real-time footy haiku kukai for the duration of the match. It’s basically a call of the game in haiku. Yes, haiku.

This will be the 4th time this event has been staged. Last year, about 50 die-hard poets provided their unique take on the game, totalling nearly 200 haiku. That’s almost 2 haiku per minute of the game.

You can read it here.

So if you are watching the game, listening to the radio in the back shed or, like me, watching from the local Irish pub here in Stockholm, Sweden (at 6.00am!) log-in to this event and drop us a line or three. You can find it at:

Game starts 14.30 Melbourne (Australia) EST, but we will be accepting haiku from Monday night (Brownlow night) onwards.

*kukai – haiku gathering

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. Seeing hazy skies
    Contemplating the big day
    Birds fly in mind’s eye

  2. Steve Hodder says

    Birds seems to an ongoing theme.

    On the M.C.G,
    The mighty Mayblooms massacre.
    C – gulls fly up high.

    Bob – I always have trouble counting the flamen syllables. Easy in Nihongo but a lot trickier in English. Have you got a foolproof technique?


  3. 575 haiku is becoming a relic of the past Steve.
    stop counting.


  4. Nic Nait
    Hodgey whacked
    Fijian god on throne
    Avenging Eagle
    Croatian home
    (Late entry from the Adriatic – what is the dividing line between haiku and doggerel?)

  5. Mathilde de Hauteclocque says

    Most enjoyable Rob. Many thanks.
    The syllables certainly kept things entertaining.
    My Frenchness inclined me to the 5, 7, 5, however passé. Something about the Oulipo (Ouvroir de littérature potentielle) of the constraint.
    Go well.

  6. A cracking Kukai
    better than the game itself
    ~ refrigerator

  7. A Hawk glides
    Eagles kick the leaves
    Simpson takes his donkeys home.

  8. Peter Flynn says

    Well done HB.

    A cracking kukai (2 words that go together like Farmer and Goggin).

    I’m suffering from PHE (Post-haiku exhaustion).

    Hence a strip back to 1-1-1 haiku.


    As Old Mate Kramer, would say:

    I’M OUT!

  9. Each play builds to the
    Biggest moment; all else is
    Of little moment

  10. Tom Martin says

    When rare excellence
    Reigns long, dullards complain of
    tedious success.

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