Wednesday, December 30, 2009

advent caunle:
gied itsel
tae enlichten

advent candle:
gave itself
to enlighten

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

craws an maws
a skirlin bourach - gin
aw that's left's a maggie

crows and gulls
a screaming melee - until
all that's left's a magpie
athort the perk
a rowed up snawbaw's derk peth
...fou muin

across the field
a rolled up snowball's dark path
...full moon

Monday, December 28, 2009

wrocht frae tides
oor snawman -
the fou muin hus'm heeldin

made from oceans
our snowman -
the full moon has him leaning
perishin kirk -
frae the meenister's mou
ghaists o Yules bygane

freezing church -
from the minister's mouth
ghosts of Christmasses past

Saturday, December 26, 2009

wunter waddin -
bride-fite perks,
a bob o hollin berries

winter wedding -
bride-white fields,
a posy of holly berries
bleckie -
frae burd-bath tae burd-bath
fundin anerly snaw

blackbird -
from bird-bath to bird-bath
finding only snow

Monday, December 21, 2009

snawman -
fir craw a mindin:
carrot een

snowman -
for crow a gift:
carrot eyes

Sunday, December 20, 2009

bath-watter gurlin
doon the jaw-hole -
the hoose less lanely

bath-water gurgling
down the plug-hole -
the house less lonely

Saturday, December 19, 2009

furst onfaw
... seelant

first snowfall
... silent

Thursday, December 17, 2009

hoaspice veesitin oor -
the wappin beds

hospice visiting hour -
the enormous beds
saicont snaw shour -
fouin a jeegsaw's
amissin pairts

second snow shower -
filling a jigsaw's
missing pieces

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

blinterin lunt -
hure: her neb a
mamentary brichtness

flickering match -
prostitute: her face a
momentary brightness

Friday, December 11, 2009

oot frae jeelin rouk:
a chiel
makkin rouk

out from freezing fog:
a man
making fog

Thursday, December 10, 2009

spate quallt -
i the glaur a deid tod
his bunt yin gentie straik

flood abated -
in the mud a dead fox
his tail one elegant stroke

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Yule lichts -
on the gean tree
jeelt sparks

Christmas lights -
on the cherry tree
frozen raindrops

Saturday, December 05, 2009

furst tae wauken:
liggin hearkenin
tae'r drame

first to waken:
lying listening
to her dream

Thursday, December 03, 2009

speirins o a daith -
the nicht the muin an e
baith i thair founess

news of a death -
tonight the moon and he
both in their fullness

Monday, November 30, 2009

fou muin:
preese tae gae intil
the fite gairden

full moon:
press to enter
the white garden

Sunday, November 29, 2009

rodside siesta -
amang the leemons

roadside siesta -
among the lemons

Saturday, November 28, 2009

ower the kirkyaird waa
a lown sey
boatties at rist

over the churchyard wall
a calm sea
boats at rest

Friday, November 27, 2009

gove seywarts -
skimmer i thair een

old men
gaze seawards -
glitter in their eyes

Thursday, November 19, 2009

leaves faw
ontae the puil

leaves fall
onto the pool

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

thair laddie deid
...aye settin the brod
fir threy

their son dead
...still setting the table
for three

Saturday, November 14, 2009

tichtenin bowts
oan the ferris wheel:
fankilt skirls lowsit

tightening bolts
on the ferris wheel:
trapped screams freed

Friday, November 13, 2009

Yule treen
daikert - reid
aipples hing i the orchard

Christmas trees
decorated - red
apples hang in the orchard
daunerin oot
wi thair new bairn -
oosie cluds panderin

strolling out
with their new baby -
fluffy clouds drifting

Thursday, November 12, 2009

throuch the treen
the wund
threipin an aul sang

through the trees
the wind
telling an old story

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

tirran's smirk -
o pikit weer

tyrant's smile -
of barbed wire

Monday, November 09, 2009

freest -
follaein a sinblink
throuch skitie causeys

frost -
following a sunbeam
through slippery streets

Saturday, November 07, 2009

swans -
twa cailleachs

swans -
two old ladies

Thursday, November 05, 2009

abuin the burn:
siller simmersets

above the stream:
silver somersaults
leaves jyne
fern year's leaves -
maitin the ruit

leaves join
last year's leaves -
feeding the root

Sunday, November 01, 2009

hallae e'en
ghaist at the winnock
...fou muin

ghost at the window
...full moon

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

wund belts a drum
sinflooers ligg druckenly

wind beats a drum
sunflowers lie drunkenly

Friday, October 23, 2009

brennin leaves -

burning leaves -

Thursday, October 22, 2009

rodden tree
...hearkenin fir Goad's vice

rowan tree
...listening for God's voice

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

cluds haud by -
the windae-cleaner
scoors ilk ane

clouds pass by -
the window-cleaner
scrubs each one

Monday, October 19, 2009

wine an watter
intae the chalice

wine and water
into the chalice

Sunday, October 18, 2009

tuscan fooneral:
the bell's slaw chord

tuscan funeral:
the bell's slow chord
cypresses -
muckle kirk
on the brae

cypresses -
on the hill
a belly-rive
o faw'n fegs -
maukies' rhyme

a feast
of fallen figs -
bluebottles' drone
bomb land
roostie girders skewed
hairst treen

bomb site
rusty girders twisted
autumnal trees

Friday, October 09, 2009

oot frae sheddae
swan's glister -
...jeelous day muin

out from shadow
swan's brilliance -
...jealous day moon

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

tin tooter blues -
a drouthy boaks
intae the troke bucket

tin horn blues -
a drunk vomits
into the litter-bin
dauncin i the err
haun in haun
...lowpin intae heiven

dancing in the air
hand in hand
...jumping into heaven

(for two young girls)

Monday, October 05, 2009

hairst mornin -
racin bawdrons
fir the sinny cheer

autumn morning -
racing cat
for the sunny chair

Saturday, October 03, 2009

in's walkin-frame -
sheddae o an attercap

old man
in his walking-frame -
shadow of a spider

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

a wizzent shank
the peerie bairn's smirk

a withered stalk
the tiny child's smile

Saturday, September 26, 2009

cluds riven -
on the burn
blae cloots

clouds torn apart -
on the stream
blue patches

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

the wuid's lown

the forest's silence

(3rd place sketchbook kukai: cicadas)
efter the fleed:
treen hingit
wi fremmit flourish

after the flood:
trees hung
with strange blossom
jazz club
dung doon -
the wund greetin-faced

jazz club
demolished -
the wind moaning

Monday, September 21, 2009

leaf snaggit
on a wab-threid -
hairst draigon

leaf caught
on a web-thread -
autumn kite

Friday, September 18, 2009

brustin throuch a wab:
the postie
bringin uncos

bursting through a web:
the postman
bringing news

Thursday, September 17, 2009

the delvin's duin:
furst Reid Rab

the digging's done:
a first robin

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

hingin on blae weengs
the hern draps
intae the makar's mind

hanging on blue wings
the heron drops
into the poet's mind

Monday, September 14, 2009

aff tae weir:
his dwinin set
bouk o a bullet hole

off to war:
his fading shape
size of a bullet hole

Thursday, September 10, 2009

i the dentist's
wytin chaumer:
a gawpin reid rose

in the dentist's
waiting room:
a gaping red rose

Friday, September 04, 2009

makkin a jeegsaw
o the lift

making a jigsaw
of the sky
weet agane -
snail an son
sloom athort the winnock

rain again -
snail and son
chasse across the window

Thursday, September 03, 2009

traffic scooryin -
dubs lowp
clap tae bygaun fowk

traffic racing -
puddles leap
cling to passers-by
dreich day -
lairnin tae yaise'r wand
the blin cailleach's smirk

dull day -
learning to use her cane
the blind lady's smile

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

fou muin tae keeks oot
frae a rive i ma hose

full moon toe peeps out
from a hole in my sock
sneddin buddleia -
the midden
snowkin douce

pruning buddleia -
the compost heap
smelling sweet

Saturday, August 29, 2009

blawin in -
pish-the-bed's hinmaist day

blowing in -
dandelion clock's last day

Friday, August 28, 2009

meditation chaumer
tuim mind craiks

meditation room
empty mind creaks
doontoon tooter -
ghaists daunce
a whilie

downtown trumpet -
ghosts dance
a while

Thursday, August 27, 2009

puddock plowpin
intae the dub
steerin the sterns

frog plopping
into the pond
disturbing the stars

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

athort the watter
a daunce-baund:
kipples fushtail an snuve

across the river
a dance-band:
couples fishtail and glide

Sunday, August 23, 2009

licht reflecks
frae the Guid Buik -
the altar-laddie's neb sheens

light reflects
from the open bible -
the altar-boy's face shines
Kirstenin mornin -
the clematis
strinkles me wi draps

Christening morning -
the clematis
sprinkles me with drops

Friday, August 21, 2009

sweelin wund
feezin aff
the flourishins

swirling wind
the blossoms

Thursday, August 20, 2009

watterside treen
cowpt -
fush throuch the brainches

riverside trees
toppled -
fish through the branches

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

derk watter -
frae a burd
a hert-brakkin sang

dark river -
from a bird
a heart-breaking song

(for Billie Holiday)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

furst tryst -
mither's weir-pent
ower's plooks

first date -
mother's make-up
over his acne
a wesp's byke - skirls
frae the slawest rinner

a wasp's nest - screams
from the slowest runner

Monday, August 17, 2009

o duntin umberellaes -
burn o bricht wrack

of bumping umbrellas -
stream of bright flotsam
a peerie dug
at the wund

a tiny dog
at the wind

Friday, August 14, 2009

a train dirls ower
the airches - hameless
he drames anither life

a train rattles over
the arches - homeless
he dreams anither life

Thursday, August 13, 2009

drave boats -
ruggin the err apairt

herring boats -
tearing the air apart

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

muinlit vennel -
a wab
o glentin wires

moonlit alley -
a web
of glittering needles

Monday, August 10, 2009

butteries in a raw -
a conga
throuch the gairden

butterflies in a line-
a conga
through the garden
athort the rose petal
yalla beads rowe
...plash transparently

across the rose petal
yellow beads roll
...cascade transparently

Sunday, August 09, 2009

auld attercap
wirkin'r wab -
granny wyevin

old spider
working her web -
grandmother knitting

Saturday, August 08, 2009

kestin'r breid
the swan wins tae'r -
doontoon Leda

casting her bread
the swan comes to her -
downtown Leda
i the gairden
aipples beamin

in the garden
apples blushing

Friday, August 07, 2009

mornin incaains
threidin throuch
the maw-greit

morning prayers
threading through
the gull-cry

Thursday, August 06, 2009

cum an gane

come and gone

Monday, August 03, 2009

muin atween the cluds -
a fite bawdrons
snuves ahint the fence

moon between the clouds -
a white cat
glides behind the fence

Thursday, July 30, 2009

tuim wine-bottle -
fir a cork

empty wine-bottle -
for a cork

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

weet hauds a wee -
gae heelster gowdie

a break in the rain -

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

on the pianny keys -
sheddies i the hauf-notes

on the piano keys -
shadows in the half-notes
eller berries
baggit bricht
...speuggies' een

elder berries
bulging bright
...sparrows' eyes

Monday, July 27, 2009

wund throuch the treen -
the raggit lip
o a bleckie's sang

wind through the trees -
the ragged edge
of a blackbird's song

Saturday, July 25, 2009

i the burd-bath:
lest nicht's onding

in the bird-bath:
last night's downpour
ootby the exam-ha
the passion flooer's

outside the exam-hall
the passion flower's

Friday, July 24, 2009



Thursday, July 23, 2009

maws fechtin
the wund -
fedders fawin

gulls fighting
the wind -
feathers falling
simmer hoalidays -
camp-lowe reek
heavin tae the muin

summer vacation -
camp-fire smoke
rising to the moon

(winner: Carribean kukai #5:summer vacation)

Monday, July 20, 2009

retiral -
tentie o aipples
eydently reiddenin

retired -
watching apples
busy reddening

Saturday, July 18, 2009

faw'n rose petal -
a peerie eemock
sclims a reid muntain

fallen rose petal -
a tiny ant
climbs a red mountain

Friday, July 17, 2009

rug -
a swan howdin

tide -
a swan rocking

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

hail watter -
the hameless chiel's
wattered-doon bree

torrents of rain -
the homeless man's
watered-down soup

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

lown dub
a peerie petal faws -
a chitter throuchoot...

still pool
a tiny petal falls -
a shiver throughout...

Monday, July 13, 2009

monastery gairden -
heids cowpit

monastery garden -
heads bent

(winner sketchbook kukai: sunflowers)

Saturday, July 11, 2009

a lane bummer
the stoundin flourishins

a solitary bee
the aching blossoms

Friday, July 10, 2009

gentie deuk -
aneath the scruif
radge paiddlin

elegant duck -
beneath the surface
furious paddling

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

barfit bairns -
ower het stanes
a peerie jeeg

barefoot children -
over hot stones
a little jig

Monday, July 06, 2009

atween the cluds:

between the clouds:
...quate pluff

...silent explosion

Thursday, July 02, 2009

deid i the girse
a bummer - its weengs
gildin ma fingers

dead in the grass
a bee - its wings
gilding my fingers
bleckie chirmin
throuch the treen
a burn

blackbird trilling
through the trees
a stream

Monday, June 29, 2009

oot frae the haar
a swan

out from the mist
a swan

(Mainichi Daily News)
a singul cran
makkin a circus
o the mornin

a single swift
making a circus
of the morning
the yett's sheddae:
scrievit i the sin's licht

the gate's shadow:
written in the sun's light

Saturday, June 27, 2009

whaur the watter
trysts wi the lift:
swans an cluds

where the river
meets the sky:
swans and clouds

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

swan keeks
abuin'r weeng
...fantoosh dauncer

swan peeps
above her wing
...exotic dancer

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

the bodach rists -
tentie o the funtain
heavin an fawin

the old man rests -
watches the fountain
rising and falling

Monday, June 22, 2009

i the smusht
yill bottle:
the drouthie's brucken neb

in the smashed
beer bottle:
the drunk's broken face
furst nasturtiums
thair reid nebs

first nasturtiums
their red faces

Thursday, June 18, 2009

murners win awa -
beadles crack on fitbaw
duntin sheelfous o cley

mourners leave -
gravediggers talk football
thumping shovelfulls of clay
her furst
bakit breid -
swallin wi pride

her first
baked bread -
swelling with pride

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

pink balloons
yerkin tae be lowsit

pink balloons
tugging to be free
ablow me
swans pickin
it ma sheddae's pooches

below me
swans pecking
at my shadow's pockets
dementia -
he hunkers i the mids
o a skailt jeegsaw

dementia -
he sits in the midst
of a scattered jigsaw

Monday, June 15, 2009

anither haijin gane -
sauch leaves

another haijin gone -
willow leaves

(for Paul O. Williams and James Kirkup)

Saturday, June 13, 2009

cleedit fir tennis -
stottin atween thaim

dressed for tennis -
bouncing between them

Friday, June 12, 2009

throuch the gairden
on'r mobile phone -
a wab claps tae'r

through the garden
on her mobile phone -
a web clings to her

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

airlie Mass -
the kist o whustles

early Mass -
the organ

Monday, June 08, 2009

atween the pages
a deid flee -
a sneckit buik

between the pages
a dead fly -
a closed book
mair swith
this towmond

this year

Saturday, June 06, 2009

on the clartie burn

on the muddy stream

Thursday, June 04, 2009

her pianny -
on the keys

her piano -
on the keys

Monday, June 01, 2009

creepin nar -
gey lik a weir

creeping closer -
just like a war
mindin i the nicht -
glaizie necklace

gift in the night -
glittering necklace
furst day o simmer -
yella gowan tassies
fou o sinlicht

first day of summer -
buttercup cups
full of sunlight

Saturday, May 30, 2009

on the altar
treenity o carnations

on the altar
trinity of carnations

Thursday, May 28, 2009

the wund
cleedin'm in clouts -
humphed hern

the wind
dressing him in rags -
hunched heron
in the green tae
her mongolian een -
the tassie's lip her smirk

in the green tea
her mongolian eyes -
the cup's rim her smile

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

throuch the weet:
maws skirlin
the ceetie fissin

through the rain:
gulls screaming
the city hissing

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

sin slumpin -
anither heid
amang the puppies

sun sinking -
another head
among the poppies

Monday, May 25, 2009

fundin a sinblink
the dug birls itsel
intae a drame

finding a sunbeam
the dog spins itself
into a dream

Saturday, May 23, 2009

jinkin doon the brae
fite gaits

zigzagging down the mountain
white goats
ablow the kirk winnock
the priest
stauns in a wattergaw

below the church window
the priest
stands in a rainbow
oot frae's mools
ugsome thrissels:
mools o the torterer

out from his grave
horrendous thistles:
grave of the torturer
sica fricht:
the cot-staun
a tattie-bogle in muinlicht

such a fright:
the coat-stand
a scarecrow in moonlight

Friday, May 22, 2009

in the nicht
a dug yowlin
a bleck dug

in the night
a dog barking
a black dog
burds wappin
the lift
blaer an blaer

birds sweeping
the sky
bluer and bluer

Monday, May 11, 2009

puntin upstream -
easy-osie i thirsels

punting upstream -
laid-back in themselves

Saturday, May 09, 2009

on's shall
snail streeks oot yin ee

on his shell
snail stretches out one eye

Friday, May 08, 2009

sin throuch the weet -
a bittie wattergaw
steeks oot frae the bog

sun through the rain -
a piece of rainbow
sticks out from the bog
nicht weirs in -
craws retourin
tae the craw widdie

night approaches -
crows returning
to the crow wood
frae the lily's tooter:
gowden pollen

from the lily's trumpet:
golden pollen
the buss aqueever
wi gorblins:
a green wame-fou

the bush aquiver
with nestlings:
a green womb-full

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

doverin i the perk
a hameless chiel:
lyart wi thrisseldoon

asleep in the park
a homeless man:
grizzled with thistledown
slawer nor confetti:
gean flourish
faws aboot the cailleach

slower than confetti:
cherry blossom
falls about the old lady

Monday, May 04, 2009

the seelent grun
the treen aye hoochin

the silent stadium
the trees still cheering

Friday, May 01, 2009

beerial mornin -
a snell wund's
tirlt the gean flourish

funeral morning -
a bitter wind's stripped
the cherry blossom

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

burds gaither -
the beadle
slawly mizzlin

birds gather -
the gravedigger
slowly disappearing

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

maw's sheddae
athort the burn
the fisher kets's heuk

gull's shadow
across the stream
the angler casts his hook

Monday, April 27, 2009

ootby ma winnock
in bawdrons' green een
sheddae o a nieve

outside my window
in cat's green eyes
shadow of a fist
the bairn's derk fingers
kinchin's mither's herr

the child's dark fingers
knotting his mother's hair

Saturday, April 25, 2009

sweirt watter -
sauch's sheddae
thair an yit no thair

lazy river -
willow's shadow
there and yet not there

Thursday, April 23, 2009

on the wey
tae the rugby:
rosettes o aipple flourish

on the way
to the rugby match:
rosettes of apple blossom
a tide o fitecaps -
on the girse
magnolia petals

an ocean of whitecaps -
on the grass
magnolia petals

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Yirth Day -
amang the sterns
a gairden

Earth Day -
amongst the stars
a garden

(this appeared in a sequence on Gillena cox's
web page celebrating Earth Day)
fankilt bummer:
wund frae's weengs
shills ma fingers

trapped bumble-bee:
wind from its wings
chills my fingers

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

on waste grun
they argie -
thrissels' glaizie stugs

on waste ground
they argue -
thistles' glittering spikes
weet throuch
gean flourish:
neb-pentin the bodach

rain through
cherry blossom:
face-painting the old man

Monday, April 20, 2009

her laddie scauls'r:
her dementia
pouin oot the flooers

her son scolds her:
her dementia
pulling out the flowers
i the gean flourish

in the cherry blossom

Sunday, April 19, 2009

i the sin, the jakie
muives's yill
intae's bouk's sheddae

in the sun, the wino
moves his beer
into his body's shadow

Friday, April 17, 2009

drapt i the dub -
muin wammles awa

dropped in the pool -
moon wriggles away
on a snell wund
gean flourish

on a cold wind
cherry blossom

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

pink freith
o gean flourish -
speuggies dookin

pink froth
of cherry blossom -
sparrows bathing

Saturday, April 11, 2009

pish-the-beds -
a'ready jalousin
the ghaists ye'll turn tae

dandelions -
already imagining
the ghosts you'll become

Friday, April 10, 2009

fou muin -
her goonie
a silken haip on the flair

full moon -
her nightgown
a silken heap on the floor

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

her shock:
the faw'n neb
the feart gran-bairns

her stroke:
the fallen face
the frightened grandchildren
saw neb
heid in'ts weeng - fleein
in anither dramescape

head in its wing - flying
in another dreamscape

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

muinlicht -
gean flourish
sens it back

moonlight -
cherry blossom
sends it back
furst deuklins -
yalla een

first ducklings -
yellow eyes
gean flourish
flutherin doon:
haps the swan

cherry blossom
fluttering down:
covers the swan

Monday, April 06, 2009

tint whalp -
frae the daffins

lost puppy -
from the daffodils
wino -
in's een

wino -
in his eyes

Thursday, April 02, 2009

owerhingin forsythia:
the burn
hotterin yalla

overhanging forsythia:
the stream
bubbling yellow

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

agin the blae lift
gean flourish

against the blue sky
cherry blossom

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

airlie mornin maw -
a craikin door
apens intae voar

early morning gull -
a creaking door
opens into spring
the bodach sets doon -
wi the cluds

the old man sits down -
with the clouds

Friday, March 27, 2009

waukrife -
his pillae
fou o vices

sleepless -
his pillow
full of voices
a tirl -
daffins heeld
lips tae lugs

a gentle breeze -
daffodils lean
lips to ears

Thursday, March 26, 2009

sea braise -
its dowie een
i the sinlicht

sea bream -
its sad eyes
in the sunlight
furst gean flourish:
rowin awa

first cherry blossom:
rolling away

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

the cailleach
thraws up'r leerie -
magnolia flourish

the old lady
turns-up her lamp -
magnolia blossom
abuin the blues howff:
skimmerin skeengies
o lichtnin

above the blues club:
shimmering strings
of lightning

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

new tramwey -
in heich brainches
punlers yatterin

new tramway -
in high branches
lumberjacks chattering
i the perk:
a youthie collie
ettles tae haud the craws

in the park:
a young sheepdog
tries to round up the crows

Monday, March 23, 2009

merch wunds -
a bygaun clud
a muckle swan

march winds -
a passing cloud
a huge swan

Friday, March 20, 2009

daffin at the baw -
lauchter amang the burdsang

playing football -
laughter amongst the birdsong

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

frae ahint cluds
the sin -
a bob o daffins

from behind clouds
the sun -
a posy of daffodils

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

he shops -
she coories, tentie
o the derk craws gaitherin

he shops -
she sits, watching
the dark crows gathering

Monday, March 16, 2009

swan i this peerie dub:
preein the tide
i the weet

swan in this tiny pond:
tasting the ocean
in the rain
airlie mornin dauner -
the err guffin
o brent tost

early morning stroll -
the air smelling
of burnt toast

Sunday, March 15, 2009



Wednesday, March 11, 2009

in a thrang causey:
the seelence
o leaves unfurlin

in a busy street:
the silence
of leaves unfurling

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

voar yirdin -
cannily intae the yirth
cannily hapt

spring funeral -
carefully into the earth
carefully covered

Monday, March 09, 2009

anither auld fere's
cremation -
feelin the hait

another old friend's
cremation -
feeling the heat

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

furst gean flourishins:
threy anely
tae kinnle the brainch

first cherry blossoms:
three only
to kindle the branch

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

licht throuch a hinmaist
vause o daffins
lichtens's oorie een

light through a last
vase of daffodils
brightens his fearful eyes

Monday, March 02, 2009

abuin the sheuch
navvies' heids -
bricht meysies

above the trench
labourers' heads -
bright primroses

Thursday, February 26, 2009

frae the brig
swans soom intae ma sheddae
...beek ma hert

from the bridge
swans swim into my shadow
...warm my heart

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

twa muins:
the watter

two moons:
the river

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

speuggies hunker
scuffin heids -
Voar inches in

sparrows sit
touching heads -
Spring inches in

Monday, February 23, 2009

derk wuid
throuch thrawn brainches, craw -
set o a wutch's bunnet

dark wood
through crooked branches, crow -
shape of a witch's hat

Friday, February 20, 2009

a maw
weirin intil -
a hauf-mindit sang

a gull
slowly approaching -
a half-remembered song

Thursday, February 19, 2009

on the burn
a riven scrieve -
the hern unconcernt

on the stream
a torn-up letter -
the heron unconcerned

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

craw on the lum:
voar tirl
daffin wi'ts fedders

crow on the chimney:
spring breeze
playing with its feathers

Monday, February 16, 2009

Sabbath -
the priest in's green vestments
the daffins in thairs

Sunday -
the priest in his green vestments
the daffodils in theirs
frae heichest brainches
craws' muckle stramash:
Voar weirin intil?

from highest branches
crows' great commotion:
Spring approaching?
larach o
the auld jazz club:
binweed tooters

site of
the old jazz club:
convolvulus trumpets

Friday, February 13, 2009

bi the tod's bourie:

by the fox's den:

Thursday, February 12, 2009

snaw on the aipple tree -
tosie i thair buds
the aipples

snow on the apple tree -
warm in their buds
the apples

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

the perk fou
o forleetit snawmen

the park full
of abandoned snowmen

Monday, February 09, 2009

throuch the fite carse
the burn's bleck straik:

through the white landscape
the stream's black stroke:

Sunday, February 08, 2009

fou muin -
the midnicht express
thunnerin throuch

full moon -
the midnight express
thundering through

Friday, February 06, 2009

i the hedgeraw:
the glentin
o speuggies

in the hedgerow:
the twinkling
of sparrows

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

he fussles i the snaw
maks on his steeks'r ski poles

he whistles in the snow
pretends his sticks are ski poles

Sunday, February 01, 2009

the auld fir:
yin green sheddae
on the burn

the old pine:
one green shadow
on the stream

Saturday, January 31, 2009

auld feres lavein -
snaw faws
fous thair fitprents

old friends leaving -
snow falls
fills their footprints
monks' mort-heids heapit heich
i the charnel-hoose:
set o a bride's cake

monks' skulls heaped high
in the charnel-house:
shape of a wedding cake

Friday, January 30, 2009

readin ma new 'Basho' -
a laddie DUNTS by
weirin muckle green flippers

reading my new 'Basho' -
a boy THUMPS by
wearing huge green flippers

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Corsin the Sinai Desert oor guide stappit the bus
tae gie's a glisk o yin o the fyow oases aye aboot;
suddentlie sax Bedouin bairns kythed frae naewhaur,
cairryin ashets on whilk wur spreid the maist dumfoonerin agates.
Efter, oor guide exponed til us hoo the Bedouin fowk wur the furst
tae inbring Islam tae Egypt.

a Bedouin laddie
rents the clint fir us
shaws the jowelt hert

crossing the Sinai Desert our guide stopped the bus
to show us one of the few remaining oases;
suddenly six Bedouin children appeared from nowhere,
carrying platters on which were spread the most amazing agates.
Later, our guide explained to us how the Bedouin people were the first
to introduce Islam to Egypt.

a Bedouin boy
splits the rock for us
shows its jewelled heart

(a first haibun)
on the strand
luvers taigilt
...a wrack

on the beach
lovers entangled
...a shipwreck
auld monk
tentie o the veesitors -
wund yerks's baird

old monk
watching the visitors -
wind tugs his beard

Monday, January 19, 2009

furst snawfaw -
ilka brainch laidit
wi a ghaistly yin

first snowfall -
each branch laden
with a ghostly one
gangrel -
stame frae's bree
beekin's neb

tramp -
steam from his soup
warming his face

Saturday, January 17, 2009

wund stourin
throuch the causey - bairns
haudin thair cots lik weengs

wind racing
through the street - children
holding their coats like wings

Friday, January 16, 2009

the hern taks aff -
his trams
...harlin anchors

the heron takes off -
his legs
...dragging anchors

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

wunter mornin -
twa auld freens
snaw in oor herr

winter morning -
two old friends
snow in our hair

Monday, January 12, 2009

day-daw - licht rins
throuch the brainches
lichtin-up the gean tree

dawn - light runs
through the branches
lighting-up the cherry tree
corsin the causey
reengin fir sake -
'comin throuch the rye'

crossing the street
searching for sake -
'coming through the rye'

(in fukuoka a pedestrian crossing's signal to cross
was a loud rendition of the scots tune
'Coming through the rye')

Saturday, January 10, 2009

auld fitbaw hero
hunkert bi the ingle -
a rairin frae the lum

old football hero
sits by the fireside -
a roaring from the chimney

Thursday, January 08, 2009

fou miun -
a perk
o new faw'n snaw

full moon -
a field
of newly fallen snow

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

the burn's gurlin:
watter an stane
...ragtime clarinet

the stream's purling:
water and stone
...ragtime clarinet

Monday, January 05, 2009

sin lowst:
geelt dubs
rin intae the burn

sun released:
frozen puddles
run into the stream

Friday, January 02, 2009

wunter sundoon -
gean tree's brainches

winter sunset -
cherry tree's branches