Monday, March 31, 2008

weet blatters on thaim:
twa craws
staunin in inky dubs

rain beats on them:
two crows
standing in inky puddles
furst day o simmer time -
the playgrun chute
a siller watterfaw

first day of summer time -
the playground slide
a silver waterfall
silhouette airtist
sneckin aroon sheddaes
...fou muin

silhouette artist
snipping around shadows
...full moon

Sunday, March 30, 2008

fawin flichans -
far awa swans

falling snowflakes -
distant swans

Saturday, March 29, 2008

wundy agane -
craw hystes
a raggity weeng

windy again -
crow raises
a ragged wing

Friday, March 28, 2008

bawdrons skooks -
derk weengs
in's een

cat skulks -
dark wings
in his eyes

Thursday, March 27, 2008

sica stramash
frae the nursery playgrun:

such an uproar
from the nursery playground:
thrang speug:
a lang threid o girse
tae wyve aroon'r

busy sparrow:
a long thread of grass
to weave around her
brainch sheddaes
jeegsawin the plainstanes -
bairns lowp amang thaim

branch shadows
jigsawing the pavement -
children hop among them

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

the cailleach
an the burn thair ain slaw raik

the old lady
and the stream their own slow pace
'incident trappin' dirls -
wund sclices throuch
the vennel lik a gullie

'incident tape' rattles -
wind slices through
the alley like a knife

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

a vause o tulips
oot-yallain the sin -
snod in ma chaumer

a vase of tulips
out-yellowing the sun -
snug in my den

Monday, March 24, 2008

furst gorblins -
voar juist gat

first fledglings -
spring just got

Friday, March 21, 2008

Guid Friday -
hailstanes scartin,
teirin the flesh

Good Friday -
hailstones sctratching,
tearing the flesh
cadger an's dug -
his dowie sang
follaes me hame

beggar and his dog -
his sad song
follows me home

Thursday, March 20, 2008

fou muin -
maundy siller
fir awbodie

full moon -
maundy silver
for everyone

(Maundy Thursday)
shakkin wi lauchter:
the nuns
...the daffins

shaking with laughter:
the nuns
...the daffodils

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

yill bottle taps skailt -
he hunkers
refleckin on the galaxy

beer bottle tops scattered -
he sits
musing on the galaxy
simmer shows -
the attercap biggs
his hoose o dreid

summer fairground -
the spider builds
his house of horror

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

muinlicht -
a fite bawdrons slidderin
doon the gairden stairs

moonlight -
a white cat slithering
down the garden steps
furst gean flourish -
brainches reak
intae snaw cluds

first cherry blossom -
branches reach
into snow clouds

Monday, March 17, 2008

atween twa jags:
the brummle's flourish
makkin'ts wey

between two thorns:
the bramble's blossom
making its way

(Holy Week)
thrang bleckies
flee athort the sin -
thair fuskert sheddaes

busy blackbirds
fly across the sun -
their whiskered shadows

Sunday, March 16, 2008

hingin sparks
tremmle i the tirl -
farawa kirk bells

hanging raindrops
tremble in the breeze -
distant church bells

Saturday, March 15, 2008

throuch the olive plantin:
o shot joints

through the olive grove:
of arthritic joints

Friday, March 14, 2008

haar -
the muin dreeps

mist -
the moon drips
ma auld neebor
offers a perr o buits

my old neighbour
moving house:
offers a pair of boots
midnicht weet -
on toon plainstanes
colours rin

midnight rain -
on city pavements
colours run
blue bonnet's sang -
pen an jotter
pit by

blue tit's song -
pen and notebook
put away

Thursday, March 13, 2008

deid makar -
agin the wa
his hey-sned roostit

dead poet -
against the wall
his scythe rusted

(for Hugh MacDiarmid)
airlie mornin clockin -
gaitherin eggs

early morning clucking -
gathering eggs
fou o the sea's rair -
the craw's nest sweys

full of the sea's roar -
the crow's nest sways

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

stourin tae scuil -
thair fuitprents
left i the glaur

racing to school -
their footprints
left in the mud

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

draigon- fleein -
faither hauds's laddies

kite-flying -
father hold his son's
oot frae the
forsythia: reid rab
...bricht sperk

out from the
forsythia: a robin
...bright spark

Monday, March 10, 2008

day-daw -
abuin the nest's lip
bleckie's gowden neb

dawn -
above the nest's edge
blackbird's golden beak
daffins govein
intae the burn -
teepical narcissi

daffodils gazing
into the stream -
typical narcissi

Sunday, March 09, 2008

day efter the gemme -
the altar-laddie's
bleck- ee

day after the game -
the altar-boy's

Saturday, March 08, 2008

bleck plastic poke
fluthers on the pikit weer -
craw threeps tae't

black plastic bag
flutters on the barbed wire -
crow talks to it

Friday, March 07, 2008

mairch wunds -
chirms o peerie burds
blawn bogshaivelt

march winds -
chirps of tiny birds
blown shapeless

Thursday, March 06, 2008

maggie no shair:
tae hunker wi the maws
or the craws

magpie not sure:
to sit with the gulls
or the crows

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

blawin on the braeside
siller birks
...skime o swords

blowing on the hillside
silver birches
...flash of swords
throuch the perk
coortin kipples -
daffins' heids heeld an tig

through the park
young lovers -
daffodils' heads lean and touch
poussin its new buds
throuch the razzor-weer -

pushing its new buds
through the razor-wire -

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

crcuses -
haudin thair bickers
up tae the sin

crocuses -
holding their cups
up to the sun

Monday, March 03, 2008

a fite fan apens

a white fan opens
leain hame -
e'en his sheddae gaes
intae the flittin van

leaving home -
even his shadow goes
into the removal van

Sunday, March 02, 2008

mither's day -
in a derk vennel
she slerps'r gin

mother's day -
in a dark alley
she slurps her gin

Saturday, March 01, 2008

in the voar sin -
a signscriever
onlayin gowden straiks

in the spring sun -
a signwriter
laying on golden strokes