Sunday, June 25, 2017

'the glorifeed twalt'  -
burds cross the lift
...fawin no fleein

'The glorious twelfth'  -
birds cross the sky
...falling not flying

Thursday, June 22, 2017

roon the vause
faw'n petals
...colour o'r goonie

round the vase
fallen petals
...colour of her nightdress

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

the scholars
in bricht uniforms  -
the deuks in thayrs

the school children
in bright uniforms  -
the ducks in theirs

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

maw skirls
fleggin the speuggies

gull screams
frightening the sparrows
treen rax fir the sin  -
aw bit
narcissistic sauch

trees stretch for the sun  -
all but
narcissistic willow

Friday, June 16, 2017

fleein in a straucht line  -
in a stour

flying in a straight line  -
in a hurry

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

bummers'n bairns  -
hou we lued
rid sookie

bees and children  -
how we loved
sucking red clover
struislin hame
wi secks o gowd

struggling home
with sacks of gold

Sunday, June 11, 2017

aumond flourish fawin  -
they rake fir't
in granfaither's herr

almond blossom falling  -
they search for it
in grandfather's hair
on the waashin rope
...a souch

on the washing line
...a breeze

Sunday, June 04, 2017

whitsunday  -
lowin tungs

Pentecost  -
tongues of fire

Saturday, June 03, 2017

flooer shaw jeedges  -
taks a close leuk

flower show judges  -
takes a closer look

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

o the makar
...schaird o peasie whin

of the poet
...shard of granite

Friday, May 26, 2017

faur awa bomb blooter  -
a wab thirles

distant bomb blast  -
a web quivers
the bairn
skailin crisps
...follaed bi twa craws

the little boy
dropping crisps
...followed by two crows

Friday, May 19, 2017

dentist's chaumer  -
the cannie girn
o a fankilt flee

dentist's surgery  -
the steady whine
of a trapped fly

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

sneddin roses  -
fuchsia buds
....dreeps o bluid

pruning roses  -
fuchsia buds
...drips of blood

Sunday, May 14, 2017

i the gairden:

in the garden:

Thursday, May 11, 2017

a simmer mornin
egglin me
tae cleid it

a summer morning
urging me
to clothe it

Thursday, May 04, 2017

muinlit sheddaes:
the ceetiescape
athort a hameless neb

moonlit shadows:
the cityscape
across a homeless face
tentie o the cluds
laid aff
tentie o the cluds

cloud watching
cloud watching

blowster o gean flourish  -
howks fir wirms

cherry blossom storm  -
digs for worms

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
yin ee

these winter mornings
one eye

Friday, April 21, 2017

a dauncin butterie
frae the fooneral wreath

a dancing butterfly
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

the bodach
heelds agin the wund

the old man
leans against the wind

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

craw danders ahint
the bodach's hirple

crow walks behind
the old man's limp

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

voar  -
the meestery unfauldin

spring  -
the mystery unfolding

Monday, April 03, 2017

gean flourish
oor braith

cherry blossom
our breath

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

the bodach
tae dander

the old man
to walk slowly

Sunday, March 26, 2017

o a hyne awa daffin
...keek o day

of a distant daffodil

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
nicht-shift walders

in the dark sky
night-shift welders

Monday, March 13, 2017

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

Buddha's garden  -
troubled thoughts calmed

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

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

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

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

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

waldit thegither
...geelt leaves

welded together
...frozen leaves

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

raxin frae
the biggin sicht's glaur:

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

among the prayer flags
the robin's
red one

Monday, February 06, 2017

snawdraps  -
as ivver

snowdrops  -
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

winter sun  -
crow's glittering

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:

through the school fence
tiny shining faces:

upwreilin  -
voar on the mairch

uprising  -
spring on the march

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

knock knappin
...egg'n spuin race

clock ticking
...egg and spoon race

Friday, January 13, 2017

fou muin
the threwen snawbaws

full moon
the thrown snowballs

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

liittle puffball
heart on its sleeve

Thursday, January 12, 2017

on a stane
hern ootgawks a broon coo

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'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
ma quate

morning sparrow
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