The 6th Annual AFL Grand Final Haiku Kukai

Dear Knackery,

Welcome to the annual celebration of footy and haiku!


Grand final day –
the stadium fills
with hope


Well, the Tigers have finally made it to the big one. This Saturday they will take on the Adelaide Crows in the 2017 AFL Grand Final. It will be Richmond’s first appearance in a grand final since Michael Jackson released the album, Thriller. And haiku poets are thrilled to finally get the chance to ride the emotional roller-coaster with the Tigers on their big day.


Yes, it’s that time of the year again.  And to celebrate this famous day on the Australian sporting calendar, haiku poets and non-haiku poets alike from all over the world are once again 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 year will be the 6th time this event has been staged. Last year, about 60 die-hard poets participated and produced a memorable ‘call’ of the Dog’s stunning win, producing a record 200 haiku. That’s nearly 2 haiku per minute of the game. Almost the same number of times a team kicks the ball in a match. You can read the highlights here: Siren Song – 2016 AFL Grand Final Haiku Kukai


So if you are at the game, watching on tv, listening to the radio in the back shed or, like me, tuning in from the local Irish pub here in Stockholm, Sweden (at 6.30am!) log-in to this event and drop us a line or three! You can find the event here: 2017 AFL Grand Final Haiku Kukai

See you at the game!

Haiku Bob.


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.

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