Unley Haiku

Unley Council Area

Unley Council Area

I had this idea a while ago of writing a haiku for every suburb of Adelaide. Then I realised that there are 400+ Adelaide suburbs. Big project. Maybe some of you would like to join me – split Adelaide into 4 or 5 or 6 and make it a bit more manageable.

I did however get as far as writing a haiku for every suburb in the Unley Council area, where I live.  Here they are:


Deepest Black Forest

Where a nice slice of gateau

Waits in each kitchen

Charming Clarence Park

Its Community Centre

Teaches Taekwondo

From a tram window

Elegant Everard Park

Shows art deco homes

Looking for skate park?

Fascinating Forestville

Blocks, pads and a rail

Finest Fullarton

Where the Plant and Craft Market

Is on every month

Organic Goodwood

The Wurlitzer serenades

The aisles of Capri

In happy Highgate

Karl Marx has not been buried

That’s the London one

Hidden in Hyde Park

Dr. Jekyll might retire

To a quiet life

Keswick In Khaki

Part of the army barracks

Salute Unley’s flag

In comfy Kings Park

Majestic residences

On every corner

Magnetic  Malvern

Draws people from all quarters

Like iron filings

Magical Millswood

Rides on miniature steam trains

For the child within

Mighty Myrtle Bank

In memory of Joseph

Brought Myrtle to Oz?

Pretty is Parkside

So close to the green parklands

Walk to the city

In unspoilt Unley

You can wine, dine and rejoice

Or shop ‘til you drop

Houses to die for

In upper crust Unley Park

Name me in your will

In wond’rous Wayville

The Showgrounds dominate all

Annual mayhem


11 thoughts on “Unley Haiku

  1. Haha, great idea Mike. Good luck with it, 400+ suburbs should keep you busy for a while!

    Love ‘Magnetic Malvern….like iron filings’ and the ‘Black Forest’ one.

    Can I be a little bitch editor for a moment? You need singular cake in each kitchen (‘gateau’ rather than ‘gateaux’). Bitch editor hat off now!


  2. some clever haiku here Mike. I love ‘magnetic Malvern’ with its iron filings image and the humour in the last two haiku. I’ve noticed you’ve called them \haiku’: it’s only a technical point and in no way detracts from the work but I wonder if ‘senryu’ is more correct?

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