Wednesday, November 30, 2011

midnicht express
...teuk  a fere tae heiven

midnight express
...took a friend to heaven

Monday, November 28, 2011

the muezzin crys  -
awbody taks on
the set o incaain

the muezzin calls  -
everybody assumes
the shape of prayer

Thursday, November 24, 2011

the cailleach
hauns cuppin the quaich
...curlt hairst leaves

the old lady
hands cupping the chalice
...curled autumnal leaves

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

For some time I have greatly enjoyed the haiku of the New York Haijin: Jack Galmitz
I was thrilled when Jack asked me if I'd translate some of his stuff, so here we go enjoy!

an abandoned lot: weeds tall as men, a shopping cart

a forleetit larach: growthe heich as chiels, a message cairt

an abandoned lot: a water-stained mattress, goldenrod

a forleetit larach: a watter-staint mattrass, gowdenrod

an abandoned lot: Trees of Heaven, auto parts

a forleetit larach: Treen o Heiven, caur brock

an abandoned lot: a large cardboard carton, a cooking pot

a forleetit larach: a muckle cairdboard cairton, a kettle

the moon knows not what it is I'm looking at

the muin disnae ken whit it is am leukin till

Friday, November 18, 2011

dryin nets  -
maws drift athort
... a slaw gemme o chess

drying nets  -
gulls drift across
... a slow game of chess

Thursday, November 17, 2011

ten snarls in a towe:
the gangrel wifie's

ten knots in a string:
the bag-lady's

Friday, November 11, 2011

armistice day  -
scuil bairns set aff bulbs
...derk trenches

armistice day  -
school children plant bulbs
...dark trenches

Saturday, November 05, 2011

lang vaig  -
she wyves the miles intae
a granbairn's shawlie

long journey  -
she crochets the miles into
a grandchild's shawl
a posie o petals:
wund roond the kirk

a bouquet of petals:
wind round the church