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