Tuesday, July 31, 2007

fir a spleet saicont -
maw an butterie
on the samen loopin peth

for a split second -
gull and butterfly
on the same winding path
sae drearifu -
wesps deein
in a dub o hinny

so sad -
wasps dying
in a puddle of honey
in the yin licht -
her apen ha-bible
his tuim yill bottle

in the one light -
her open bible
his empty beer bottle

Saturday, July 28, 2007

maws heave up
intae the licht
lavein thair sheddaes

gulls lift off
into the light
leaving their shadows

Friday, July 27, 2007

licht blinters
on a far awa burn -
deuk landin

light flickers
on a distant stream -
duck landing
sin throuch the brainches -
tree on watter

sun through the branches -
tree on water

Thursday, July 26, 2007

twa 'road-ragers'
gang gyte -
the caird dovers awa

two 'road-ragers'
rage -
the tramp sleeps on
foondert on the causey
she goves up at nebs -
sirens yowlin

collapsed on the street
she stares up at faces -
sirens wailing
juist whan the buss
leuks duin - a yalla rose
apens i the sin

just when the bush
looks finished - a yellow rose
opens in the sun
athort the leaves
a twa-heidit sheddae -
skwurrel reivin the orchard

across the leaves
a two-headed shadow -
squirrel raiding the orchard

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

the jimpest blue bonnet -
bawdrons' een glent

the daintiest blue tit -
cat's eys flash

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

threids on ma neb -
reengin fir'm
a'm snaggit in's wab

threads on my face -
searching for him
I'm caught in his web
faw'n petal -
a dreich deuk

fallen petal -
a dull duck

Monday, July 23, 2007

on a brainch
narrest the sin
an aipple sterts tae reidden

on a branch
nearest the sun
an apple starts to redden

Sunday, July 22, 2007

the day brichtens
a sinflooer keeks oot
frae ahint a hollyhock

the day brightens
a sunflower peeps out
from behind a hollyhock

Saturday, July 21, 2007

lown chattert -
a snail unnerfuit
i the lang girse

silence shattered -
a snail underfoot
in the long grass

Thursday, July 19, 2007

bonnie reid roses
...lowes slaikin

beautiful red roses
...flames licking
heich thrissels -
throuch the leaves
cloots o blae lift

tall thistles -
through the leaves
rags of blue sky
on the peth
a bricht reid berry -
brocht here

on the path
a bright red berry -
brought here

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

a leaf
fawin dowlessly - scuffin
the ithers short an lang

a leaf
falling helplessly -
touching the others briefly
festival toon -
he sweers at the motorist,
an waffs's baguette

festival city -
he curses the motorist,
and waves his baguette
on the cell door:
a jibbet...a boatie

on the cell door:
a scaffold...a ship

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

agin the fite cluds -
a swalla
anchorin ma thochts

against the white clouds -
a swallow
anchoring my thoughts

(after Ian Hamilton findlay: concrete poet)
unner the brig
a brucken bottle
spreedin the licht

under the bridge
a broken bottle
spreading the light
a brek i the cluds -
a rousty bike
wabbles i the burn

a break in the clouds -
a rusty bicycle
wobbles in the stream

(Mainichi Daily News)
oot frae the sheddaes
a sheddae raxes

out from the shadows
a shadow stretches

Sunday, July 15, 2007

doon the rod
echt-wheelers thunnerin -
a leddy launners daunerin

down the highway
eight-wheelers thundering -
a ladybird walking

Friday, July 13, 2007

dugs stour
throuch the sned girse -
a green haar

dogs race
through the cut grass -
a green mist

Thursday, July 12, 2007

rivin's wheel-chair -
a peth throuch
breers an snorlie ruits

forcing his wheel-chair -
a path through
thorns and twisted roots
ahint steekit hingers -
the new weedower
blethers tae's guidwife

behind closed curtains -
the new widower
talks to his wife

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

bi the jile wa -
brummle breers
skailin bluid

by the prison wall -
bramble thorns
spilling blood

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

efter incaains
geeglin frae the sheddaes -
nuns on retreat

after prayers
giggling from the shadows -
nuns on retreat
bi the embassy
a chiel murmellin -
sheddae-baurs athort's neb

by the embassy
a protestor -
shadow-bars across his face
on toon lums
maws hunkerin -
thair sangs o the sey

on city chimneys
gulls sitting -
their songs of the sea

Monday, July 09, 2007

ootby the monastery -
the preachin
o the auncient aik

outside the monastery -
the sermon
of the ancient oak

Sunday, July 08, 2007

'jazz on a summer's day' -
a skep fou o flooers
fou o bummers

'jazz on a summer's day' -
a basket full of flowers
full of bees
oot frae a lift
o bleck an fite cluds -
craws an maws

out from a sky
of black and white clouds -
crows and gulls

Saturday, July 07, 2007

thrissel's purpie toorie -
bummer's wecht
cowps it croosly

thistle's purple bonnet -
bee's weight
tips it jauntily
scuil hoalidays -
in the playgrun
the widden dug's weet een

school holidays -
in the playground
the wooden dog's wet eyes
taigilt in refleckshuns
the pheelosopher
goves intae the dub

tangled in reflections
the philosopher
gazes into the pond

Friday, July 06, 2007

deuk scarts'r heid
wi an orange fuit -
easement on sic a gray day

duck scratches her head
with an orange foot -
relief on such a grey day

Thursday, July 05, 2007

fleedin quallt -
a clint heaves frae the burn
dichtit claen

flooding abated -
a rock rises from the stream
washed clean

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

smoorichin the het stane -
a lane rose
deein o drouth

hugging the hot stone -
a lone rose
dying of thirst
threy speuggies scash
on a roobrub blade -

three sparrows squabble
on a rhubarb leaf -
'anither deid sodger' -
the brawest thrisseldoon
panders awa

'another dead soldier' -
the finest thistledown
drifts away

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

inveesabil midgies -
mid-err ballet

invisible midges -
mid-air ballet
bawdrons gittin auld -
ilka day his bell
narer the plainstanes

cat getting old -
every day his bell
nearer the pavement
the breer's fume
sneddin throuch
the diesel reek

the wild-rose's fragrance
cutting through
the diesel fumes

Monday, July 02, 2007

day daws
derkness sperfles -
leain the craws ahint

day dawns
darkness disperses -
leaving the crows behind
twa bleck dugs rin an daff -
thair reid tungs
thair fite banes

two black dogs run and play -
their red tongues
their white bones
simmer mornin -
tae glisk sic blitheness
wammlin throuch a cuddy

summer morning -
to see such joy
wriggling through a horse