Wednesday, May 30, 2007

twa swans
thair nest tuim
soom anent the deuklins

two swans
their nest empty
swim alongside the ducklings
in the scrappie's yaird
bonnie growthe

in the breaker's yard
beautiful weeds
craw an maw -
scashin ower
the hinmaist lum can

crow and gull -
squabbling over
the last chimney pot

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

o the chingle strand's

of the shingle shore's
in the barber's
a jaur o smeeth stanes -
flair kivvert wi herr

in the barber-shop
a jar of smooth stones -
floor covered with hair
the foggies
tissle tae skair
a peerie umberellae

the old couple
struggle to share
a tiny umbrella
simmer -
ilka leaf thristin
oot intae space

summer -
each leaf thrusting
out into space
bleezin azalea -
priest in's
pentacostal simmit

fiery azalea -
priest in his
pentacostal vestments

Sunday, May 27, 2007

airport shunkie
unalikenesses mouten
pishin in a raw

airport toilet
differences dissolve
peeing in a line

Saturday, May 26, 2007

a deuk sooms by -
hankilt boats
heave an faw

a duck swims by -
tied up boats
rise and fall
bleckie's chirmin
fous the air -
e'en craw taks tent

blackbird's singing
fills the air -
even crow listens

Friday, May 25, 2007

waff o wull lickerie -
the bairn in me
wints sweeties

smell of wild liquorice -
the child in me
wants sweets
fawin intae the scug
o the speengie rose -
the speengie's petals

falling into the shade
of the peony -
the peony's petals

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

hern swallaes
the wammlin moose -
the lang craig runklin

heron swallows
the wriggling mouse -
the long neck wrinkling

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

a tirl
frae whae kens whaur
apenin ma chaumer door

a breeze
from who knows where
opening my bedroom door
soun o a linn
...wund throuch
the green sauchs

sound of a waterfall
...wind through
the green willows

Monday, May 21, 2007

in ablow pink cluds
bleckie chirms the day
intae derkness

under pink clouds
blackbird sings the day
into darkness
sweltrie day -
bummer chaaves
in's fur cot

hot day -
bumble-bee struggles
in his fur coat

Friday, May 18, 2007

i the wund
a peerie buttery
faws...turns intae a leaf

in the wind
a tiny butterfly
falls...turns into a leaf
smatters o clud
maws heelstergowdie
i the wund

scraps of cloud
gulls tumbling
in the wind

Thursday, May 17, 2007

thigger wifie -
her sheddae
skiffs me

beggar woman -
her shadow
touches me
weet -
azalea tassies
reamin ower

rain -
azalea cups
craw shaks
its marrow's stieve bouk
...fite sichtless een

crow shakes
its mate's stiff body
...white sightless eyes

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

speuggie hunkert
keeks throuch the flourish
...laburnum rainglets

sparrow sitting
peeps through the blossom
...laburnum ringlets

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

throuch a perk
o pish-the-beds -
the wund's gate

through a field
of dandelion clocks -
the wind's route
swans doverin -
magnolia petals
on the girse

swans asleep -
magnolia petals
on the lawn
speengie rose uncleikin
its reidness
...stoundin heart

peony unclenching
its redness
...beating heart
cumulus cluds
pander by

cumulus clouds
drift by

Saturday, May 12, 2007

scuil's voar ferr -
ingaun clinks
slooshin intae the mullie

school's spring fair -
entrance fee
splashing into the tin

Friday, May 11, 2007

the bodach
tentie o the rackets -
sterns in's een

the old man
watching the fireworks -
stars in his eyes
slaw burn -
cluds grundit
i the shallaes

slow stream -
clouds beached
in the shallows

Thursday, May 10, 2007

craw heaves up
frae the dub
...cheen o glentin draplets

crow rises
from the puddle
...chain of sparkling droplets

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

throuch freestit gless
flams lowp
...reid azalea

through frosted glass
flames leap azalea
on the plainstanes
a doo's egg - washt oot
claen's a fou muin

on the pavement
a pigeon's egg - washed out,
clean as a full moon
the mull's
lanely watter-wheel -
the drouthie burn

the mill's
lonely water-wheel -
the dried-up stream
gean tree:
anely yestreen
flourish freithin ower

cherry tree:
only yesterday
blossom frothing over

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

keelies stane the deuks -
in the shallas
watter sclims hern's trams

vandals stone the ducks -
in the shallows
water climbs heron's legs
the sin's glister
the derk burn

the sun's glitter
the dark stream
threy deuks
anely threy deuks
runklin the hail burn

three ducks
only three ducks
wrinkling the whole stream

Sunday, May 06, 2007

chynge i the wedder
slawly fouin

change in the weather
slowly filling
hinmaist licht
on the brae
rap flourish

last light
on the hillside
rape blossom
at Jesus' feet
a vause o roses
...yin petal hings on a breer

at Jesus' feet
a vase of roses petal hangs on a thorn

Saturday, May 05, 2007

auncient aiks
a baiten peth
...breidth o a deuk

ancient oaks
a beaten path
...width of a duck
rin-ower craw:
bleck weengs
streekin oot o sicht

run-over crow:
black wings
stretching out of sight

Friday, May 04, 2007

atween clematis leaves
the crottilt warl
o the lameter wifie

between clematis leaves
the fragmented world
of the crippled lady

Thursday, May 03, 2007

sin muves athort
snaggit in a moose wab
a sheddae

sun moves across
caught in a spider's web
a shadow
gliffin oot a leam -
coke-tinnie on the burn

flashing out a beam -
coke-can on the stream
sin progs
doon throuch the leaves -
the pyotie burn rins

sun pierces
down through the leaves -
the piebald stream runs

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

fernyear's leaf
thrawin a sheddae
o kittlie tracery

last year's leaf
casting a shadow
of delicate tracery
in siccan
unchancy warl
speuggie's spurtle-legs

in such
a dangerous world
sparrow's thin legs
lown watter
frae clud tae clud

peaceful stream
from cloud to cloud
the cailleach's knockles
...bowders fiten i the burn

the old lady's knuckles whiten in the stream

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

mey day
anarchists daunce -
sin on polis steeks

may day
anarchists dance -
sun on police batons