Friday, October 27, 2006

blinterin on the brae
the sheenin jaikets
o scuil bairns

flickering on the hill
the luminous vests
of school children

Thursday, October 26, 2006

the roddens
fawin agane this year
faw ontae's mool

the rowan berries
falling again this year
fall onto his grave
the pram
skitein roon the cunyie
faither an bairn skreekin

the pram
cornering on two wheels
father and child yahooing!
heich wunds
bairns an leaves
in a bourach...scuil-bell

high winds
children and leaves
warden's hoose -
athort's winnocks
pikit weir sheddae

warden's house -
across his windows
barbed wire shadow

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

craws an maggies
jinkin mang the brainches
shooers o leaves

crows and magpies
dodging amongst the branches
showers of leaves
monks chaunt
wund gurls -
the lown no fasht

monks chant
wind howls -
silence undisturbed
a far awa skelloch
the laddie's dug
hus rin afore traffeck

a distant scream
the young boy's dog
has run in front of traffic

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

burn in spate
unnerwatter leaves
stour alang

flooded stream
underwater leaves
race along
i the rouky perks
muck spreidin

in the misty fields
manure spreading
atween shooers
craw an me
tentie o the lift

between showers
crow and I
watching the sky
hairst shill
faw'n leaves
stert tae cleek

autumn chill
fallen leaves
start to clench
oor throu-gaun train -
bairns waff fushin-nets
...jalousin they hae caucht nocht

our passing train -
children wave fishing-nets
...thinking they caught nothing

Monday, October 23, 2006

vaiges hindert
dour nebs:
coos dauner tae mulkin

journeys halted
grim faces:
cows stroll to milking
athort the glen
craws vice

across the valley
crows voice

Sunday, October 22, 2006

her bairn's herr
...watters o'r hamelan

her child's hair
...rivers of her homeland
we rist apairt -
lichtin the chaumer

we rest apart -
lighting the room

Saturday, October 21, 2006

alane, she scarts
her nem i the saun
...taks tent o't dwinin

alone, she scratches
her name in the sand it disappear

Friday, October 20, 2006

scuil-yetts sneckt
a cowpt heid
in yin lit winnock

school-gates locked
a bent head
in one lit window
gloamin -
a gairden graip stucken
in a hauf-howkit gairden

dusk -
a garden fork stuck
in a half-dug garden
dubs diddle wi weet -
pit by the truan
tak doon the guitar

puddles dance with rain -
put the trowel away
take down the guitar

Thursday, October 19, 2006

bluid slawin
hoo braw
haitin ma feet agin hers

ciculation slowing
how wonderful
heating my feet against hers
tak tent o the weet
thrum a pickle blues
yin mair leaf faws

watch the rain
play a little blues
one more leaf falls
weet poors
on snail's shall

rain pours
on snail's shell
at the apen door
muin an me
tentie fir'r

at the open door
moon and I
watching for her

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

ilka day
mair an mair licht
throuch the wuids

every day
more and more light
through the forest

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

speuggie sowpin
frae the rone, cannie
no tae dunt his heid

sparrow drinking from
the guttering, careful
not to bump his head
thair eldritch nebs
i the derkness -
Goth no Noh

their ghostly faces
in the darkness -
Goth not Noh
a burdless tree
brainches fou
o perkin cones

a birdless tree
branches full
of parking cones
hairst -
ploos derkenin
the simmer perks

autumn -
ploughs darkening
the summer fields

Monday, October 16, 2006

leaves daise
vietnam vets
hiddle i the perk

leaves rot
vietnam vets
huddle in the park

(one Autumn in San Francisco)
haudin thair bunnets

...old ladies
holding their hats
sweengin heich
a young wumman alane
i the scuilyaird

swinging high
a young woman alone
in the playground
spleet-new hearin-aid
hairst peths

new hearing-aid
autumn paths

Sunday, October 15, 2006

the drouthie
shakkin a fit
tae seelent meesick

the drunk
to silent music

Saturday, October 14, 2006

... the deein mappie's

... the dying rabbit's
gean's hinmaist leaves -
in thair orange licht
reid Rab elys

cherry tree's last leaves -
in their orange light
the robin disappears
yaisin his hemmer
furst time in years - gin a sweer
wull the deid hearken?

using his hammer
first time in years - if I swear
will the dead hear?

Thursday, October 12, 2006

indian simmer
wesps aye in the easin
windae-cleaner hauds by

indian summer
wasps still in the eaves
window-cleaner passes by
tentie o the stot
o thochts -
geese flee sooth

watching the movement
of thoughts -
geese fly south
campers gane -
yowes nip
on a bricht spat

campers gone -
sheep graze
on a bright patch
laid aff -
t.v. blinters
athort his neb

redundant -
t.v. flickers
across his face

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

fleitin doon the burn

floating down the stream
toon plainstanes
aneath ilka tree
leaves tae dump throuch

city pavements
beneath every tree
leaves to kick through

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

rumpin the girse
at the en o's tedder -
hull pownie

cropping the grass
at the end of his tether -
hill pony
in the winnock
the fushmunger -
his fite-shark's fin cowe

in the window
the fishmonger -
his white-shark's fin haircut
i the howe o the brainches
a leaf glents
the tirl turnin it...on...aff...

in the deepest branches
a leaf glitters
the breeze turning it

Monday, October 09, 2006

dug bydes patientfou
his maister gaithers keech
taks dug hame,stowes'm

dog waits patiently
his master gathers turds
takes dog home,feeds him

a fowersome
o maggies -
no a sang amang thaim

a quartet
of magpies -
not a song amongst them
lattin doon the bottles
intae the bucket quietlik
...the neebors

lowering the bottles
into the bin quietly
...the neighbours

Sunday, October 08, 2006

hailin preachin:
the Haly Iles,aye -
bit syne the sassenger rowes!

healing service:
the Holy Oils,yes -
but later the sausage rolls!
autistic laddie
bears the gree:nevels the air -
no sae unalike

the autistic boy
wins the prize:punches the air -
not so different
aw day
brainches wallopin
swaws i the burd-bath

all day
branches thrashing
waves in the bird-bath

Thursday, October 05, 2006

claggin the en
o the vennel -
a hairst muin

blocking the end
of the narrow street -
a harvest moon
bricht muin
yin fuff
an it wull be fou

bright moon
one puff
and it will be full

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

the cry tae worship -
twa hirds
gove athort the perks

the call to prayer -
two shepherds
gaze across the fields
haijin tryst -
haiku tasht
wi Drambuie

haijin meet -
haiku stained
with Drambuie
the hoose no fired -
follaein a sinblink
tae the tosiest sate

no heating yet -
following a sunbeam
to the warmest seat

Monday, October 02, 2006

a cry 'guid mornin'
the deef chiel's dug
wingles its tail

I call 'good morning'
the deaf man's dog
wags its tail
ma manic freen waffs -
a guid day
no a sheddae on the burn

my manic friend waves -
a good day
not a shadow on the stream

Sunday, October 01, 2006

reid rodden in's
gowden neb - bleckie
sits mythological-lik

red rowan in his
golden beak - blackbird
sits mythological-like
ayont the weet
cluds an licht daff
at bein oniethin

beyond the rain
clouds and light play
at being anything
october mornin -
on a rod rinnin atween
the sin an the muin

october morning -
on a road running between
the sun and the moon