Thursday, August 31, 2006

yirdit the deein moose -
tentie o the mools
aw day

buried the dying mouse -
watched the grave
all day
o the deid moose

of the dead mouse
in a dub
slawly mizzlin
cluds scud

in a puddle
slowly evaporating
clouds race
leaves fawin
in the gairden
a lane buttery veesits

leaves falling
in the garden
a lone butterfly visits

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

hairst redd up
ice-lollie steeks
deep i the hedge

autumn clear up
ice-lollie sticks
deep in the hedge
in the sinflooer's
derk iris
a skinklin galaxy

in the sunflower's
dark iris
a twinkling galaxy

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

the nicht
hoo the lift
pents itsel

how the sky
paints itself
autistic laddie
thrums's air-guitar
as guid as onie

autistic boy
strums his air-guitar
as good as any
ettlin tae jalouse
yer hit-an-miss steid -

trying to figure out
your hit-and-miss trail -
a lane swallae
wins ower the-day
pittin aff nae time

a lone swallow
passes over today
wasting no time
simmer dwinin
bum-bummin i the gairden
deein doun

summer fading
the humming in the garden
dying down

Sunday, August 27, 2006

craw on the lamp-post
spreids's tail-fedders
a rax ma striddle

crow on the lamp-post
spreads his tail-feathers
I lengthen my stride

Saturday, August 26, 2006

hinmaist week o simmer
reid rab a'ready
joukin amang us

last week of summer
the robin already
dodging among us

Friday, August 25, 2006

moch i the chaumer -
a drame o gowd stour
amang ma chist herr

moth in the bedroom -
I dream of gold dust
amongst my chest hair
brod set
wytein the veesitors
e'en the speens hearkenin

table set
awaiting the visitors
even the spoons listening
siller i the sin
snail's stravaigins
throuch the nicht

silver in the sun
snail's wanderings
through the night

Thursday, August 24, 2006

glaizie pews
kneelers wurn smeeth:
releegious airt

shiny pews
kneelers worn smooth:
religious art
curdooin ower -
a train throu-gaun
intae the lown

lovemaking over -
a train passing
into the silence
colour o'r herr yince
flichterin throuch thaim

colour of her hair once
running through them

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

bummer stottin
sowpit lavender aw day -
cud be feelin blae

bee staggering
supped lavender all day -
could be feeling blue
a stoop o bindweed:
stertit aff
as ma crummock

a pillar of bindweed:
started off
as my walking stick
a muckle lift -
on a lum-heid
a bleckie chirms intae't

an enormous sky -
on the chimney-pot
a blackbird sings into it

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

in the dub
montbretia petals
bumbaizin bawdrons

in the pool
montbretia petals
confusing the cat
Dylan lilts
sin sheens throuch
the threids o a wab

Dylan sings
sun shines through
the threads of a web

Saturday, August 19, 2006

hauf-tyme baund -
yin chiel sheds himsel
wi a cymbal

half-time band -
one musician shades
himself with a cymbal

Friday, August 18, 2006

frae yestreen's
a singul drap hings

from last night's
a single drop hangs
flee amang the murlins
laundit cannie
dichts's hauns

fly amongst the crumbs
landed lucky
rubs his hands

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

thrabs on the lozen
ayont: the muin

pulses on the pane
beyond: the moon
cauld causeys
ahint steekit hingers
sheddaes oxter

cold streets
behind closed curtains
shadows embrace
tenement winnocks hystit -
glowein fags

tenement windows raised -
glowing cigarettes
watterside dauner -
sumthin's stowen a hurl
tae the kirk

riverside walk -
something's hitched a ride
to church

Monday, August 14, 2006

twa maws
tentie o the towerist
birl syne shape thirsels

two gulls
aware of the tourist
pirouette and pose

Sunday, August 13, 2006

watter hauden
i the geranium's leaf -
blinnin sinlicht

water held
in the geranium's leaf -
blinding sunlight
hame frae the shows
faither drapt him aff -
weirs's han-ban fir days

home from the fair
father dropped him off -
wears his wrist-band for days

Saturday, August 12, 2006

stanes at the winnock -
ma laddie's smirk
ma nakitness

stones at the window -
my son's smile
my nakedness

Friday, August 11, 2006

airlie mornin
...cuddies sheenin

early morning
...horses shining

Thursday, August 10, 2006

cuil, smeeth, sweengin
roon stanes, rairin
ower damheids - jazz o watters

cool, smooth, swinging
round stones, roaring
over weirs - jazz of rivers
muntain kirk
the winnock's palette
on the flair

mountain chapel
the window's palette
on the floor

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

flee tissles i the wab -
bethankit fir a skirlin
we cannae hear

fly struggles in the web -
be thankful for a screaming
we can't hear
uptoon -
bien baudrons
gove at ma throu-gaun

uptown -
comfortable cats
stare as I pass through

Monday, August 07, 2006

colourfou butterie
spreids oot on the clint
a fause neb wi fey een

colourful butterfly
spreads out on the rock
a mask with fearsome eyes
juist the sma'st grue
nou that a ken ye

just the least shiver
now that I know you
the gairden
fou o thrisseldoon
...airtin awa

the garden
full of thistledown
the lily's heid
faws wi a dunt
stamens wult

the lily's head
falls with a thud
stamens wilt

Sunday, August 06, 2006

in trinnle trinks
fou o weet:
oor nebs

in chariot ruts
full of rainwater:
our faces
ilka oor
the timmer gowk
cries it wrang

every hour
the cuckoo-clock
gets it wrong

Friday, August 04, 2006

ma bricht sark -
the reid-admiral's
in a mistak

my bright shirt -
the red-admiral's
made a mistake

Thursday, August 03, 2006

butteries coortin
she's pawkie, he's eydent
...ower the ruiftaps

butterflies courting
she flirts, he's intent
...over the rooftops
hotel shunkie -
a singul stern
o confetti

hotel toilet -
a single star
of confetti
twa stags stieven
on the brae
...a foggies' vaige

two stags stiffen
on the hillside
...a pensioners' outing

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

simmer dwynin
throuch a lozen
runklie wi weet

summer fading
through a pane
wrinkled with rain
the pit-heid
pentit an flooert
the pit fowk won awa

the pit-head
painted and flowered
the pit folk dead

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

abuin the barracks
a fou muin
...the gaird's bayonet

above the barracks
a full moon
...the sentry's bayonet
...sodgers' sheddies
athort his
govein een

...soldiers' shadows
across his
staring eyes
killin hoose quate nou -
day-set reiddens
the causies

abattoir silent now -
sunset reddens
the cobbles