Sunday, December 31, 2006

eemages wabble in dubs
whuskie braiths

new year's eve
images wobble in puddles
whisky breaths
sin on thair riggins
they breenge towarts the muin
ower the trampit yirth

sun on their backs
they race towards the moon
over the trampled earth

(race meeting)

Friday, December 29, 2006

readin Issa
the weet fawin

reading Issa
the rain falling
ma peerie Buddha
nae hap fir's heid -
the bonsai's deid

my tiny Buddha
no cover for his head -
the bonsai is dead
New Orleans jazz -
throuchoot the hoose
ma Gran Marischal strunt

New Orleans jazz -
throughout the house
my Grand Marshal strut
blowster wairnin
the gairden sweeng
slawly sterts tae sweeng

gale warning
the garden swing
slowly starts to swing
deuks hyste thair heids
tak tent:
the fish-cadger's tooter

ducks raise their heads
the fishmonger's horn

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

snell wund frae the sea
a maw hunkers on a pall
greetin in'ts een

cold wind from the sea
a gull sits on a bollard
tears in its eyes
derk watter stourin
faemin fite
agin hern's trams

dark watter racing
foaming white
against heron's legs

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

boxin day
buckets skailin:
craws' Yule

boxing day
dustbins overflowing:
crows' Christmas

Sunday, December 24, 2006

hinmaist day o advent
oot frae the haar
sumthin takkin shape

last day of advent
out from the freezing fog
something taking shape

Saturday, December 23, 2006

burn in spate
a fairmer corses
on unvisible stanes

flooded river
a farmer crosses
on invisible stones
at the bus-stap
a tuim yill bottle

at the bus-stop
an empty beer bottle

Friday, December 22, 2006

throuch scuddit brainches
blue bonnets blinter

through naked branches
blue tits flicker

Thursday, December 21, 2006

juist wi joy

just with joy
racin his maister
the auld dug
his lang reid tung sweengin

racing his master
the old dog
his long red tongue swinging
aye wairmth
in her rosary beads

still warmth
in her rosary beads

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Yule bells -
myndin a deid fere

Christmas bells -
remembering a dead friend

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

bawdrons tentie o me
threidin thairms
...wins awa suddent lik

cat watches me
threading gut strings
...suddenly leaves
blae lift
fuff-ba cluds
maggie haiks's tail athort

blue sky
puff-ball clouds
magpie drags his tail across

Monday, December 18, 2006

twa winos

a lot of
two winos
hivvie freest
dunt o the freezer
drappin ice-cubes

severe frost
thump of the freezer
dropping ice-cubes

Sunday, December 17, 2006

furst freest -
a bodach an's eildit dug
uphaud ilk ither

first frost -
an old man and his old dog
support each other

Saturday, December 16, 2006

hauns waffin o pine
we unfankle
whigmaleeries an sterns

hands smelling of pine
we untangle
baubles and stars
fitba fans
haud by tae warsle
he hings on's besom

football fans
pass by to conflict
he leans on his broom

Friday, December 15, 2006

sleekit craw
the day raggit craw
jachelt mang brainches

sleek crow
today ragged crow
tossed amongst branches
pairty time
the nicht e'en the muin

party time
tonight even the moon
oot frae the leaves
curlt intae a cleuch
a tint gliv

out from the leaves
curled into a clutch
a lost glove

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

the sparks
throuch ma laiky ruif

the raindrops
through my leaky roof
weet blatters
on the balderies
they juist jig

rain beats
on the orchids
they just dance
the advent caunle
brenns awa anither day
the lowe chitters

the advent candle
burns away another day
the flame shivers

Monday, December 11, 2006

throuch the hailstanes
hollin berries
lichtin a peth

through the hail
holly berries
lighting a path

Saturday, December 09, 2006

the laddie's dowie sang -
a hert-shaped leaf
blaws tae ma feet

the boy's sad song -
a heart-shaped leaf
blows to my feet
in the herth
a poinsettia

in the hearth
a poinsettia

Friday, December 08, 2006

burnside clartit
ablow the damheid
craw taks a shour

riverside littered
below the weir
crow takes a shower

Thursday, December 07, 2006

meysies' peerie nebs

primroses' small faces

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

in a borraed cot
new letters efter's nem:

in a borrowed coat
new letters after his name:
wunter yirdin
abodie's braith
smoors the coffin

winter burial
everybody's breath
clouds the coffin

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

the auld mull dung doon -
muinlicht the nicht
in her chaumer

the old mill demolished -
moonlight tonight
in her room
bawdrons skooks
throuch the sheddaes
bluid on's neb

cat skulks
through the shadows
blood on his nose
abuin the scuilyaird skirls
maws whurl

above the playground screams
gulls wheel
Haly Mess
throuch the freestit gless
a flutherin o weengs

Holy Mass
through the frosted glass
a fluttering of wings

Monday, December 04, 2006

stoury nicht
billbrod liggs i the perk
bonnie lassie's neb clarty

stormy night
billboard lies in the field
beauty-queen's face dirty
efter the blatter
causey redd o leaves -
sum back on the brainches

after the storm
street clear of leaves -
some back on the branches

Sunday, December 03, 2006

apenin the hingers
furst day
o advent

opening the curtains
first day
of advent

Saturday, December 02, 2006

moose raxes
tae apen's een
the pushener taks tent

mouse struggles
to open its eyes
the poisoner looks on
alane nou
the bodach sterts
tae reek o pish

alone now
the old man
starts to smell of urine
bunnet gane tae the sterns
we haud ilk ither
wund rammishes throuch

hat gone to the stars
we hold each other
wind storms through
stieve wunter girses
naethin muivin bit the wund
bodachs' banes knackin

stiff winter grasses
nothing moving but the wind
old mens' bones cracking
peerie speuggie
frae brainch tae brainch
shooglin the tree

tiny sparrow
from branch to branch
shaking the tree