Tuesday, April 17, 2018

bleckies stushie -
yalla nebs
blent i the sin




blackbirds squabble  -
yellow beaks
flash In the sun

Monday, April 16, 2018

relievin the bummer  -
findin the draw
o's scowth




rescuing the bumblebee  -
feeling the draught
of his freedom

Sunday, April 15, 2018

hauf-wye up the tree
bawdrons jalouses
he's ower auld




half-way up the tree
cat realises
he's too old

Thursday, April 12, 2018

deid doo:
i the hert's howe
derk bluid reflectin a warl




dead pigeon:
in the heart's cavity
dark blood reflecting a world

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

a bairn's teeth merks
i the fause fruit
...firbidden fruit




a child's teeth marks
in the ornamental fruit
...forbidden fruit
bangster maggie  -
jealous
o bleckie's sang




bully magpie  -
jealous
of blackbird's song

Monday, April 09, 2018

the baw liggs atween thaim
dug'n maister  -
auld'n jaupit




the ball lies between them
dog and master  -
old and weary

steekin
the gairden yett a
hinmaist bummer wins awa




closing
the garden gate
a last bee leaves

Friday, March 30, 2018

Pace  -
bairns rowe thair eggs
threy craws hing on pikit weer




Easter  -
children roll their eggs
three crows hang on barbed wire
deef he taks tent
o the bleckie's neb
...furm o the sang i the braith




deaf he watches
the blackbird's beak
...shape of the song in the breath

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

voar's taen
buds swall  -  derk neuks
lit up in daffin licht



spring's taken
buds swell  -  dark corners
lit up in daffodil light

Monday, March 26, 2018

cloody day  -
bawdrons
staps on sinlicht




cloudy day  -
cat
steps on sunlight
attercap an me
stookie-still
...snaggit in a wab o wunnerment




spider and I
stock-still
...caught in a web of wonderment

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

souch  -
tulip petals faw
...peerie boaties shooglin




breeze  -
tulip petals fall
...little boats rocking

Saturday, March 17, 2018

wunter fooneral  -
we stoor intae
the crematorium




winter funeral  -
we rush into
the crematorium

Sunday, March 11, 2018

mither's day  -
hauflins reid-nebbed
ahint bobs o flooers




mother's day  -
young men blushing
behind bunches of flowers

Friday, March 09, 2018

hame frae weir  -
yin fuitprent
i the snaw




home from war  -
one footprint
in the snow

Monday, March 05, 2018

in granfaither's gairden
a snawman fir'm
...slawly mizzlin




in grandfather's garden
a snowman for him
...slowly disappearing

Friday, March 02, 2018

maitin granfaither  -
the wye
he yince maitit me




feeding grandfather  -
the way
he once fed me

Thursday, March 01, 2018

fiteoot  -
intae the tuim flooer pats
snaw/draps




whiteout  -
into the empty flower pots
snow/drops
leukin oot
on the snawy gairden  -
hou it mocks ma scriever's jam




looking out
on the snowy garden  -
how it mocks my writer's block

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

caum
efter the onding  -
the gairden: muin's keekin-gless




calm
after the blizzard  -
the garden: moon's mirror

Monday, February 19, 2018

liggin i the fedder-linit
kist o'ts sel:
dung doon swan




lying in the feather-lined
coffin of itself:
shot swan

Friday, February 16, 2018

on the shunkie ruif
bawdrons an doo
easy-oasy i the sin




on the outhouse roof
cat and pigeon
lazy in the sun

Thursday, February 15, 2018

throuch the tempel winnock
bairnheid lauchter  -
nae mantra mair muckle




through the temple window
childhood laughter  -
no greater mantra

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

snell wund  -
furst crocuses
comin ower blae




cold wind  -
first crocuses
turning blue

Monday, February 12, 2018

agane
the mornin bleckie  -
the muin taks a hinmaist peep




again
the morning blackbird  -
the moon takes a last peek

Friday, February 09, 2018

the bodach
maits the maws  -
craws glower...set apairt




the old man
feeds the gulls  -
crows watch...segregated
ahint the boatie
sheddae o a swallae
...cleekit




behind the boat
shadow of a swallow
...anchored

Thursday, February 08, 2018

bard
on the heichest brainch:
bleckie  -  his ode tae voar




minstrel
on the highest branch:
blackbird  -  his ode to spring

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

sae cauld  -
e'en inby
daffins skew tae the ingle




so cold  -
even inside
daffodils turn to the fire

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

caller snaw  -
a rottan rins ower't
...sica grue




fresh snow  -
a rat runs over it
...such a shiver

Sunday, February 04, 2018

a clud's
pit its derk fuit
i the burn




a cloud's
put its dark foot
in the stream
heizin
frae a snawy park:
a yowdendrift o maws




rising
from a snowy field:
a blizzard of gulls

Friday, February 02, 2018

voar  -
the luve bomb
redd




spring  -
the love bomb
primed

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

gloamin  -
i the lift the kinetic
airt o stuckies




sunset  -
in the sky the kinetic
art of starlings

dowie  -
the craw faimily
ettlin tae croon




sad  -
the crow family
trying to sing

Friday, January 19, 2018

day efter the yirdin  -
burds roon
the tuim brod




day after the funeral  -
birds round
the empty feeder

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

day o'r yirdin
snaw on the brainches
...syne gane




day of her funeral
snow on the branches
...then gone

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

myndin bygane Yules
she shoogles
the snaw globe...agane




remembering
Christmasses past she
shakes the snow globe...again

Thursday, January 04, 2018

heelster-gowdie  -
efter the blowster
a tree staunin  on'ts brainches




topsy-turvy  -
after the storm
a tree standing on its branches