Thursday, November 30, 2006

toon crier
his muckle wame
whaur he hains's vice

town crier
his huge stomach
where he keeps his voice
leaves breenge
towarts me:
wuid scartin

leaves race
towards me:
mad scratching

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

his concertina
gaitherin stour
jigs hapt

his concertina
gathering dust
jigs enfolded
she maks-up:
in the keekin-gless
her corrie-haundit twin smirks

she makes-up:
in the mirror
her left-handed twin smiles
bricht mornin
maws whurlin
yin in ma teacup

bright morning
gulls wheeling
one in my teacup
snell day
haun in haun
gled she's weirin glivs

nippy day
hand in hand
glad she's wearing gloves
liggin cantie -
her braith
on ma rig

lying contented -
her breath
on my back
sparks hingin
refleck Yule lichts

cherry tree
raindrops hanging
reflect Christmas lights
athort the perk
the crippilt chiel's trike:
its bockety trinnle

across the park
the handicapped man's tricycle:
its buckled wheel
the muin the nicht
seam a fingerbrod
whit a banjo!

the moon tonight
fit a fingerboard
what a banjo!

(after Sokan)
dour-faced shoppers
a gangrel croons
aneath Yule lichts

grim-faced shoppers
a tramp sings
beneath Christmas lights

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

heich i the brainches
a plastic baguette poke
giein the finger

high in the branches
a plastic baguette bag
giving the finger
droondit in maw leid
the towerists
skail orrals

drowned in gull language
the tourists
scatter scraps

Monday, November 27, 2006

rugby practeese
vices belloch
hern shaks weet frae' s neb

rugby practice
voices bellow
heron shakes rain from his beak
the crippilt lassie smirks -
a haud by a saicont time

the handicapped girl smiles -
I pass by a second time

Sunday, November 26, 2006

fantoosh fitwark
bleckies dumpin
thair wey throuch leaves

fancy footwork
blackbirds kicking
their way through leaves

Friday, November 24, 2006

chinese lassies geegle
ferrgrun lichts refleckit
i thair glesses

chinese girls giggle
fairground lights reflected
in their glasses
the skeetchers
birl an snuve
sheddaes o maws on the slidder

the skaters
spin and glide
shadows of gulls on the ice
in the het sinlicht
midgies hove up
in shooglie columns

in the warm sunlight
midges rise up
in shaky columns
throuch the weet
a dowie sang
clinks plash intae's cog

through the rain
a sad song
coins splash into his pail

Thursday, November 23, 2006

reid claith ower the leerie
mak-on bordel
jazz gaitherin

red cloth over the lamp
make-believe bordello
jazz session
prood stag -
the-day yir antlers
sellt on a weet toon causey

proud stag -
today your antlers
sold on a wet city street
heft the tooter
pawt the valves
wunner:cud a yet...

lift the trumpet
finger the valves
wonder:could I still...
foggies' pairty -
nae sae daft
he nicks's neebor's whuskie

pensioners' party -
not so senile
he steals his neighbour's whisky
wund i the lum

wind in the chimney
leaves run
in circles
staunin stanes
stappin tae refleck
a gled hings

standing stones
stopping to reflect
a hawk hangs

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

licht smirr
a roon the cunyie
mak a wattergaw

light drizzle
I round the corner
make a rainbow
feet tae the lowe
the warl gaes on

feet to the fire
the world goes on

Monday, November 20, 2006

the Yule whigmaleerie
fa'n frae the laft
aye hail an sheenin

the Christmas bauble
fallen from the loft
still whole and shining
in the quate o incaain
a stane fa's
ontae the kist

in the silence of prayer
a stone falls
onto the coffin

Sunday, November 19, 2006

furst snaw on the braes -
at the bus-stap
reid nebs

first snow on the hills -
at the bus-stop
red faces
freest on the skeps
monks i thair chaumers

frost on the hives
monks in their cells
sodgers ship oot -
new leaves
faw ontae deid yins

troops embark -
new leaves
fall onto dead ones

Saturday, November 18, 2006

on the pendle:
o the hinmaist flourish

on the pendulum:
of the last blossom

Friday, November 17, 2006

the sey wins in
baits heave up
rug at thair palls

the tide comes in
boats rise
tug at their moorings
soon o a bop tooter
wammles throuch the err
bleckies hearken

sound of a bop trumpet
wriggles through the air
blackbirds listen
Yule eerans
abuin a sey o nebs
a Rabbi haudin's bunnet

Christmas shopping
above a sea of faces
a Rabbi holding his hat

Thursday, November 16, 2006

the proteckin pailin's
fa'n intae the sheuch

the protection barrier's
fallen into the trench
physalis bowets
lowe sonsie lik -
the gairden's doon-toon en

physalis lanterns
glow warmly -
the garden's down-town end

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

throuch's toosilt baird
the gangrel smirks -
micht be santoka!

through his tousled beard
the tramp smiles -
might be santoka!
reid rabs, blue bonnets,
chackert maggies,
on yin nakit tree

red robins, blue-tits,
chequered magpies,
on one naked tree
dreich day
hern stauns i the weet
nae hause

wet day
heron stands in the rain
no neck
the bonnie leaves
hing blate i the licht
winnae faw gin a leuk awa

the beautiful leaves
hang shy in the light
won't fall until I look away

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

flutherin speuggie
refleckit on ma wa
muckle as a craw

fluttering sparrow
refleckted on my wall
big as a crow
the ferris wheel birls
skirlin sheddaes
forenent the muin

the ferris wheel turns
screaming shadows
against the moon

Monday, November 13, 2006

efter the blatter
fidgin i the gitter:
skeletal umberellae

after the storm
twitching in the gutter:
skeletal umbrella

Sunday, November 12, 2006

on the altar
o the hinmaist sipper
a vawse o puppies

on the altar
of the last supper
a vase of poppies

(remembrance Sunday)

Saturday, November 11, 2006

leaf-ens rax up
frae the weet peth
syne clap doon agen

leaf-ends struggle up
from the wet path
then fall back again

Friday, November 10, 2006

on the gantry
bottles blinkin
...santoka...his haiku

on the bar shelf
bottles shining
...santoka...his haiku
leaves flee aw airts
the burdwatcher feels deezie

leaves fly everywhere
the birdwatcher feels dizzy
heich wund
leaves tummle -
bricht mosaic burn

high wind
leaves tumble -
bright mosaic stream

Thursday, November 09, 2006

oot reengin efter haiku
a runkilt broon yin
fell on me

out hunting haiku
a wrinkled brown one
fell on me
throuch the goalposts
a tuim pitch

through the goalposts
an empty pitch

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

guisin nicht
ower langsyne
aye sowpin pumpkin bree

halloween over
long ago
still supping pumpkin soup
deuks quaik
hern keeks ower
the heichmaist sprots

ducks squawk
heron peeps over
the tallest reeds
ma slaistert peth
fou o bricht reid sterns
...acer castin

my messy path
full of bright red stars
...acer shedding
airtist apens's jotter
funds the wunter lift
a'ready on the page

artist opens his pad
finds the winter sky
already on the page

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

a rand o licht
ablow a sneckit door

a strip of light
below a closed door
wunter burdsang
skwurrel's rumple

winter birdsong
squirrel's tail
hern, buddha-quate -
ma haingles hoast
sens'm oot ower the toon

heron, buddha-still -
my flu cough
sends him out over the town

Monday, November 06, 2006

daunce-ha dung doon
the soond o the burn

dance-hall demolished
the sound of the stream
gairden grown-up
in's winnock:

garden overgrown
in his window:
freestit perks
kye nip at
peerie fuffs o stame

frosted fields
cattle nibble at
little puffs of steam

Sunday, November 05, 2006

furst freest
anoraked bairns
wi nae hauns

first frost
anoraked children
with no hands

Friday, November 03, 2006

snell wund blawin
throuch taigilt breer:
sumthin's banes pikeit claen

cold wind blowing
through tangled briar:
something's bones picked clean
furst day
o freest
niver sae monie craws

first day
of frost
never so many crows
lavein herbour
lichts dwinin
the muin cums wi's

leaving harbour
lights receding
the moon comes with us
craws in a raw
collogue thegither
ower halloween

crows in a row
chatter together
planning halloween