Monday, December 31, 2007

her pillae -
a fou muin

her pillow -
a full moon
a hinmaist photy -
her murtherer
preein'r chaft

a last photograph -
her murderer
kissing her cheek

Thursday, December 27, 2007

agin the bairn's heid:
the mither's chaft

against the baby's head:
the mother's cheek
his guidwife gane
the bodach
funds a seep in's pig

his wife gone
the old man finds a leak
in his hot-water bottle
lang intae the nicht
a dinsome ceilidh -
wund throuch the causeys

long into the night
a riotous party -
wind through the streets

Monday, December 24, 2007

bi the causey
a dead mappie -
stieve in'ts hinmaist lowp

by the roadside
a dead rabbit -
stiff in its last leap

Sunday, December 23, 2007

the peerie moose -
scartin scartin
a thirl i ma sloom

the little mouse -
scratching scratching
a hole in my sleep

Saturday, December 22, 2007

kirk doors
wide tae the wa -
a pickle leaves

church doors
flung wide -
a few leaves

Friday, December 21, 2007

Yule hoalidays -
the dominie
weirs antlers

Christmas holidays -
the teacher
wears antlers
ilka mornin
Reid Rab -
the hovein sin on's breist

every morning
a robin -
the rising sun on his breast

Thursday, December 20, 2007

the makar's but an ben
tint in yowden-drift -
a threid o reek

the poet's cottage
lost in drifting snow -
a thread of smoke

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

rimie haar -
the wabster's daikert
the gean tree

frosty mist -
the spider's decorated
the cherry tree

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

brennin leaves -
reek hoves
claps tae the brainches

burning leaves -
smoke rises
clings to the branches

Friday, December 14, 2007

Yule lichts daizzlin -
deep i the gangrel's kep
dowie broon placks

Christmas lights dazzling -
deep in the beggar's cap
dull brown pennies

Thursday, December 13, 2007

the thrissel leaf:
its ain glisterin

the thistle leaf:
its own glittering

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

the rooster's skirl
snecks throuch the mornin's freist -
het eggs amang the strae

the cockrel's cry
cuts through the morning's frost -
warm eggs amongst the straw

Saturday, December 08, 2007

loass o a freen -
a brucken brainch
fleits awa doonstream

loss of a friend -
a broken branch
floats away downstream

Friday, December 07, 2007

a shilpit bawdrons
his bunt waffin in space

a skinny cat
his tail waving in space
her wechty pokes faw
she faws -
snaw moutens on her govein een

her heavy bags fall
she falls -
snow melts on her staring eyes

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

wund i the lum -
brucken airticles
stour alang the causey

wind in the chimney -
broken things
race along the street

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

agin the derk lift
reid-lit brainches

against the dark sky
red-lit branches

Monday, December 03, 2007

dubs reiddenin -
anither day

puddles reddening -
another day
advent caunles
blinterin -
the wund's lang raik

advent candles
flickering -
the wind's long journey