Saturday, September 30, 2006

hinny dreips
intae the tost's howes -
douce perks o Bulgaria

honey drips
into the toast's cavities -
sweet fields of Bulgaria

Friday, September 29, 2006

weengs streekit
scart stauns on a clint
neb tae the licht

cruciform on a rock
cormorant stands
face to the light

Thursday, September 28, 2006

the auld cuddie
stauns govein
intae the wund

the old horse
stands staring
into the wind

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

monks chaunt
blue bonnet pikes the cill:
mait we cannae see

monks chant
blue tit pecks the cill:
food we can't see
birslin wedder
a haip o snaw
ootby the ice-rink

scorching weather
a heap of snow
outside the ice-rink
freens oxter an pairt -
in the lift
soothboond geese

friends hug and part -
in the sky
southbound geese

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

furst leaves fawin
a laddie stauns
pikein's neb

first leaves falling
a young boy stands
picking his nose

Monday, September 25, 2006

throuch the wuids
a trail o tuim
chessie huils

through the woods
a trail of empty
chestnut shells
e'en in ma den
leaves fawin
...the bonsai

even in my den
leaves falling
...the bonsai
throuch the brucken paling
ma neebor -
baith o's up in years

through the broken fence
my neighbour -
both of us growing old

Sunday, September 24, 2006

on the fitbaw pitch
yin hauf sea-maws
yin hauf craws

on the football field
one half seagulls
one half crows

Saturday, September 23, 2006

an umwhile bummer
chacks ilka fuchsia bell

a late bee
checks each fuchsia bell

Thursday, September 21, 2006

ambulance ilka day:
ma neebor stours'r
glooms oot an awa

daily ambulance:
my neighbour rushes her
depression out...away
brucken shanks
blawn intae a neuk
aye flourishin

broken stalks
blown into a corner
still blossoming

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

scartin's heid -
a wesps' byke bi the sneck

scratching his head -
a wasps' nest by the latch
liftin the peerie snail
broozilt its shall -
it snuves aff wi the lave

lifting the baby snail
crushed its shell -
it glides off with what's left
the nicht it taps
e'en the fleedlit castle:
the fleedlit muin

tonight it tops
even the floodlit castle:
the floodlit moon
a fest day...

a fast day...
the cailleach rouns
the stookie on her knees -
a lassie ootpits a text

the old lady rounds
the statue on her knees -
a young girl texts
Haly Mass
aneath leaf umberellaes

Holy Mass
beneath leaf umbrellas

Monday, September 18, 2006

reid stour -
throuch the vinyaird
the rosary hums

red dust -
through the vineyard
the rosary drones
he stauns fir a photy:
derns's crummock

he stands for a photograph:
hides his walking stick
in the weet
pilgrimers staun
umberellaes taigilt

in the rain
pilgrims stand
umbrellas tangled
flicht hindert
cailleachs keckle:
ower lang i the howf

flight delayed
old ladies giggle:
too long in the bar

Sunday, September 10, 2006

clapt tae the winnock
its glower fous the chaumer -
spinnin jenny

stuck to the window
its gaze fills the room -
cluds rowe awa -
craw bangs up frae
a perk o yella gowans

clouds roll away -
crow rises from
a field of buttercups
on's carebed
he skews roon
hearkens tae the bell-ringers

on his sick-bed
he turns to listen
to the bell-ringers

Saturday, September 09, 2006

on a lanesome roddin
a hinmaist breer

on a lonesome path
a last dog-rose

Friday, September 08, 2006

govein intae
a deep puil

gazing into
a deep pool
nicht vaig -
aheid o me,
cat's een an sterns

night journey -
ahead of me,
cat's eyes and stars
roarie sooth-moothers -
yowes staun

noisy mainlanders -
sheep stand
treen 'r quate
fush kythe i the dub -
his gran-bairns awa hame

trees are quiet
fish appear in the pond -
his grand-children have gone

Thursday, September 07, 2006

frae the winnock
a hairst efternuin -
ma sheddae liggs on the bed

from the window
an autumn afternoon -
my shadow lies on the bed
the bairn swithers
atween the skwurrel
an the throu-gaun train

the toddler
caught between the squirrel
and the passing train
hame frae the ferrier
cairryin a wechtie seck

home from the vet
carrying a heavy sack
in the baurber's keekin gless
set o ma faither's powe
aneath thinnin herr

in the barber's looking glass
shape of my father's skull
beneath thinning hair
the burthday balloon
fankilt i the gairden
ilka day mair runkilt

the birthday balloon
trapped in the garden
more wrinkled each day
doverin on a bink
her herr plashes

asleep on a bench
her hair cascades
amang the trees' green
straiks o yalla
...mair nor yestreen

amongst the trees' green
streaks of yellow
...more than yesterday

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

hairst mornin -
stame sweils up
frae the gean

autumn morning -
steam rises
from the cherry tree

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

a bodie's cairpet
happin the claddach
pattren still vieve

somebody's carpet
covering the riverbed
design still vivid
roukie day
on the riggin-heid
humphie-backit doos

damp day
on the roof-ridge
hunchbacked pigeons
a simmer's wirth o wabs
staun oot

a summer's worth of webs

Monday, September 04, 2006

throuch the leaf's striffin
a singul seed
fleitin doon the watter

through the leaf's membrane
a single seed
floating downstream
wesp dowps doon
amang the haiku
turns tae yin

wasp sits down
amongst the haiku
becomes one
knell o the jogger
corsin the steel brig
deuks sperfle

boom of the jogger
crossing the steel bridge
ducks scatter

Sunday, September 03, 2006

sha hauds the bairn
up tae the madonna
flooers daunce i the weet

she holds the child
up to the madonna
flowers dance in the rain
furst sabbath o hairst -
incaains fir the seek
stert tae growe

first sunday of autumn -
prayers for the sick
start to grow

Saturday, September 02, 2006

a slaw day o weet
a bairge hauds by
...strenth tae waff

a slow day of rain
a barge passes
...strength to wave
the auld brig
whaur luvers pree'd:
its saft stane, concrete nou

the old bridge
where lovers kissed:
its soft stone, concrete now
rife fir pouin -
a rantin wunter

ready for picking -
a merry winter
rugby saison -
broo agin the lozen
tentie o the weet

rugby season -
forehead against the pane
watching the rain

Friday, September 01, 2006

a rairin frae the
quate treen o simmer

a roaring from the
silent trees of summer