Friday, June 29, 2007

autistic laddie
faw'n ower
cartoons jiggin on's neb

autistic boy
fallen asleep
cartoons dancing on his face
sin braks throuch -
a steel caber
boos i the burn

sun breaks through -
a steel beam
bends in the stream

Thursday, June 28, 2007

haggit wuid -
a singul burd
dairtin throuch the quate

felled forest -
a single bird
darting through the silence
treen owerhing -
the burn chynges
frae bibblin licht tae grumlie

trees overhang -
the stream changes
from bubbling light to gloomy
bairns skelloch
airms i the err -
playgrun fou o bibbles

children scream
arms in the air -
playground full of bubbles

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

passin ower
fou o dubs

passing over
full of puddles

Monday, June 25, 2007

saumon fir tae -
ma fingers

salmon for tea -
my fingers
weet fir days -
in the syver
pran o yestreen's speirins

rain for days -
in the gutter
pulp of yesterday's news

Sunday, June 24, 2007

furst communicants'
blinterin croons -
leaf-pynts hingit wi sparks

first communicants'
glittering diadems -
leaf-tips hung with raindrops
hauf-fou halflins
sclimin the sterr -
paidlin squaiks intae'r drame

tiddly teenagers
climbing the stairs -
pressing squeaks into her dream

Friday, June 22, 2007

doverin -
Yamaguchi's haiku
heavin an fawin

dozing -
Yamaguchi's haiku
rising and falling
ranter -
muckle-boukit in a dub
aneath the wildfire

reveller -
pregnant in a puddle
beneath the lightning
...doon the burn
a singul rose petal
wyves atween the deuks

...down the stream
a single rose petal
weaves between the ducks

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

a blink
frae the puppie -
a bummer in'ts ee

a wink
from the poppy -
a bumblebee in its eye
athort the new rin-in
bawdrons' fitprents -
sall ootlast us baith

across the new driveway
cat's footprints -
shall outlast us both
raxin fir a clud
the bairn tottles -
sits i the dub smirkin

reaching for a cloud
the toddler topples -
sits in the puddle smiling

Monday, June 18, 2007

weet stertin
attercap rinnin
atween the draps

rain starting
spider running
between the drops

Saturday, June 16, 2007

a splatch
o wull roobrub
diddlin i the weet

a patch
of wild rhubarb
singing in the rain
weet - tirrin
the gean's petals
yin bi yin

rain - stripping
the rose's petals
one by one
wi's muckle neb
sowps a singul spark

with his huge beak
sips a single raindrop

Friday, June 15, 2007

hern, stane-still -
wund suddentlik
pooks a fedder frae's weeng

heron, stone-still -
wind suddenly
plucks a feather from his wing
govein doon on hern -
govein doon
intae the watter

gazing down on heron -
gazing down
into the watter

Thursday, June 14, 2007

a breer -
nettles heeld forrit
gairdin it

a wild rose -
nettles lean forward
gaurding it
blowster -
wabs bairdie
wi thrisseldoon

gales -
webs bearded
with thistledown

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

the fisher
kestin's piece-box
catchit a burd

the fisherman
casting his sandwich-box
caught a bird
frae'r daith-bed
she seis the brummle's flourish
gie wey tae the fruit

from her death-bed
she sees the bramble's blossom
give way to the fruit
a mornin
o dubs:
rhymin awthing

a morning
of puddles:
repeating everything
the convent gairden's
gnomes hae pawkie smirks -
yin plays the box

the convent garden's
gnomes have roguish smiles -
one plays the accordian

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

raxin apen -
nae bummers the day

straining open -
no bees today
deuklins on the towe-peth -
amangst the yella gowans
bawdrons' een

ducklings on the tow-path -
amongst the buttercups
cat's eyes

Monday, June 11, 2007

sainit wi haly ile
a prees ma broo
agin ma guidwife's

blest with holy oil
I press my forehead
against my wife's
twa bleckies on a stug
centuries-auld sangs
in thair nebs

two blackbirds on a stump
centuries-old songs
in their beaks
foryettin...the wey

forgetting...the way
ootby the howf
youthie speuggies
in a stramash

outside the pub
young sparrows
disturbing the peace

Saturday, June 09, 2007

ootby the vennel
a puil o bluid -
fuchsias owerhingin

outside the alley
a pool of blood -
fuchsias overhanging
michaelmas gowans
gove athort the causey
tae the kirk ferr

michaelmas daisies
gaze across the street
to the church fair
aw day
sneddin treen -
a bog on ma pillae

all day
pruning trees -
a bug on my pillow

Friday, June 08, 2007

reid puppies
heeld thegither
...derk een

red poppies
lean together
...dark eyes
roukie mornin -
sheddae burds unnerwatter
sheddae burds i the err

misty morning -
shadow birds underwater
shadow birds in the air

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

atween the bodach
an the speuggie:
brukken breid

between the old man
and the sparrow:
broken bread

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

a furst burd veesits -
the peerie aipple tree

a first bird visits -
the tiny apple tree
the cailleach's roses
heeld oot
intae the ceetie

the old lady's roses
lean out
into the city

Monday, June 04, 2007

bleart refleckshun
in's fuskie

bleary reflection
in his whisky
roses hing frae the wa
...nebs o the
orphantage bairns

roses hang from the wall
...faces of the
orphanage children

Sunday, June 03, 2007

bummer slidderin oot
frae the lady's thummles -
its wark duin

bee slipping out
from the foxglove's bell -
its work done

Saturday, June 02, 2007

the deein sinflooer
intae the bicker

the dying sunflower
into the teacup
in the sin
a craw hunkers
in a dub o bleck fedders

in the sun
a crow sits
in a puddle of black feathers
leaf fleitin slawer
nor the rist o the burn -
the makar in't

leaf floating slower
than the rest of the stream -
the poet in it
a hinmaist
taisilt bi the tirl

a last
teased by the breeze
abuin the burn
mudges - ower fest
tae lave a sheddae

above the stream
midges - too fast
to leave a shadow
seturday mornin fitbaw -
anither baw
fleits doon the watter

saturday morning football -
another ball
floats downstream