Saturday, April 29, 2017

scriever's clag  -
ma laddie gifts me a pen
...this yin




writer's block  -
my son gifts me a pen
...this one

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

thae wunter mornins
...apenin
yin ee




these winter mornings
...opening
one eye

Friday, April 21, 2017

a dauncin butterie
heizin
frae the fooneral wreath




a dancing butterfly
rising
from the funeral wreath

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

it the bus-stap:
a pish-the-bed seed baw
bides fir a souch




at the bus-stop:
a dandelion seed ball
waits for a breeze

Sunday, April 16, 2017

takkin thayr photy  -
the daffins
skew tae leuk




photographing them  -
the daffodils
turn to look

Saturday, April 15, 2017

restin...
the bodach
heelds agin the wund




resting...
the old man
leans against the wind

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

craw danders ahint
eemitatin
the bodach's hirple




crow walks behind
imitating
the old man's limp

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

voar  -
awgates
the meestery unfauldin




spring  -
everywhere
the mystery unfolding

Monday, April 03, 2017

gean flourish
...haudin
oor braith




cherry blossom
...holding
our breath

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

the bodach
learnin
tae dander




the old man
learning
to walk slowly

Sunday, March 26, 2017

licht
o a hyne awa daffin
...keek o day




light
of a distant daffodil
...sunrise

Thursday, March 23, 2017

up tae'r elbuck
in a wattergaw
she kittles the koi




up to her elbow
in a rainbow
she tickles the koi

Friday, March 17, 2017

St Paddy's day
doon wi the flu  - leastwise
 the watter's in a Guiness gless




St Patrick's day
down with the flu  -  at least
the water's in a Guiness glass

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

i the derk lift
sternbrusts...
nicht-shift walders




in the dark sky
starbursts...
night-shift welders






Monday, March 13, 2017

bodachs
daffin it the banes  -
knackin the day awa




old men
playing dominoes  -
clicking the day away

Sunday, March 12, 2017

clachan tempel  -
fruit left fir the monks
fush banes fir bawdrons




village temple  -
fruit left for the monks
fish bones for cat

Friday, March 10, 2017

suddent stound -
ma laddie's photy
o an auld bodach




sudden shock  -
my son's photograph
of an old man
Buddha's gairden  -
fasht thochts caulmed
...koi




Buddha's garden  -
troubled thoughts calmed
...koi

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

frae stug
tae stug
the sin wins in tae the wuid




from stump
to stump
the sun enters the forest

Thursday, March 02, 2017

throuch sweyin treen
spires o the college
...unyeldin




throu swaying trees
spires of the college
...unyielding
muinlicht
on the birkenshaw
...ghaistly gavotte




moonlight
on the birchwood
...ghostly gavotte

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

furst day o voar  -
lowsin the dug
he flinders ilka dub




first day of spring  -
freeing the dog
he splinters every puddle

Friday, February 24, 2017

voar bulbs
lichtin up
the gairden




spring bulbs
lighting up
the garden

Friday, February 17, 2017

eemigrant
phone haurd tae's lug
...tozie soonds o hame




immigrant
phone hard to his ear
...warm sounds of home

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine tryst   -
her smirk
...voar winin in




Valentine date   -
her smile
...spring approaching


(for Ann)

Monday, February 13, 2017

on the braetap
a deid stag
...brainches i the muinlicht




on the hilltop
a dead stag
...branches in the moonlight

Thursday, February 09, 2017

saisons
waldit thegither
...geelt leaves




seasons
welded together
...frozen leaves

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

raxin frae
the biggin sicht's glaur:
daffins




struggling from
the building site's mud:
daffodils
amang the incaain flags
rab's
reid yin




among the prayer flags
the robin's
red one

Monday, February 06, 2017

snawdraps  -
blate
as ivver




snowdrops  -
shy
as ever

Friday, February 03, 2017

the burn wins tae me
an wins awa frae me:
it's tuim stance




the stream arrives at me
and leaves from me:
its empty terminus

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

nichtfaw  -
mang gothic brainches
craws drame




nightfall  -
among gothic branches
crows dream

Friday, January 27, 2017

twa deid craws  -
the hystit bicker
o thayr tuim nest




two dead crows  -
the raised chalice
of their empty nest
Auschwitz  -
they skift'n daunced
aw the wye here:
twa peerie reid shuin




Auschwitz  -
they skipped and danced
all the way here:
two tiny red shoes

(holocaust day)

Thursday, January 26, 2017

prood in's new
shuitin trews  -
cleidit tae kill




proud in his new
shooting trousers  -
dressed to kill

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

faimily tae bide  -
the hoose
fou o peerie claes




family to stay  -
the house
full of tiny clothes

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

wunter sin  -
craw's skyrie
fedders




winter sun  -
crow's glittering
feathers

Monday, January 23, 2017

fuffs o freesty braith  -
the auld engine driver's
sonnets o stame




puffs of frosty breath  -
the old train driver's
tales of steam
ne'er day  -
a souch geegles
amang the 'deid men'




new year's day  -
a breeze giggles
amongst the empties

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

throuch the schuil palin
peerie sheenin nebs:
forsythia




through the school fence
tiny shining faces:
forsythia

daffins
upwreilin  -
voar on the mairch




daffodils
uprising  -
spring on the march

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

brakfast
knock knappin
...egg'n spuin race




breakfast
clock ticking
...egg and spoon race

Friday, January 13, 2017

fou muin
amang
the threwen snawbaws




full moon
amongst
the thrown snowballs





peerie fuffbaw
hert on'ts sleeve
...Reid Rab



liittle puffball
heart on its sleeve
...robin

Thursday, January 12, 2017

alane
on a stane
hern ootgawks a broon coo




alone
on a stone
heron outstares a brown cow
myndin slides
 we wrocht wi tackety-buits
...schuil's juist no the samen




remembering slides
we made with tacketed boots
...school's just not the same

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

hogmanay  -
twa hameless daunce:
sowls in haun-me-doon boadies




new year's eve  -
two homeless dance:
souls in hand-me-down bodies

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

mornin speuggie
fouin
ma quate




morning sparrow
filling
my silence


Tuesday, January 03, 2017

ne'er's day  -
craw oor furst-fuit
...derk ootrel




new year's day  -
crow our first-foot
...dark stranger

Sunday, January 01, 2017

muckle migration  -
it the sneckit mairches
thay're tentie o the geese




great migration  -
at the closed borders
they watch the geese