Monday, December 31, 2007

her pillae -
a fou muin

her pillow -
a full moon
a hinmaist photy -
her murtherer
preein'r chaft

a last photograph -
her murderer
kissing her cheek

Thursday, December 27, 2007

agin the bairn's heid:
the mither's chaft

against the baby's head:
the mother's cheek
his guidwife gane
the bodach
funds a seep in's pig

his wife gone
the old man finds a leak
in his hot-water bottle
lang intae the nicht
a dinsome ceilidh -
wund throuch the causeys

long into the night
a riotous party -
wind through the streets

Monday, December 24, 2007

bi the causey
a dead mappie -
stieve in'ts hinmaist lowp

by the roadside
a dead rabbit -
stiff in its last leap

Sunday, December 23, 2007

the peerie moose -
scartin scartin
a thirl i ma sloom

the little mouse -
scratching scratching
a hole in my sleep

Saturday, December 22, 2007

kirk doors
wide tae the wa -
a pickle leaves

church doors
flung wide -
a few leaves

Friday, December 21, 2007

Yule hoalidays -
the dominie
weirs antlers

Christmas holidays -
the teacher
wears antlers
ilka mornin
Reid Rab -
the hovein sin on's breist

every morning
a robin -
the rising sun on his breast

Thursday, December 20, 2007

the makar's but an ben
tint in yowden-drift -
a threid o reek

the poet's cottage
lost in drifting snow -
a thread of smoke

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

rimie haar -
the wabster's daikert
the gean tree

frosty mist -
the spider's decorated
the cherry tree

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

brennin leaves -
reek hoves
claps tae the brainches

burning leaves -
smoke rises
clings to the branches

Friday, December 14, 2007

Yule lichts daizzlin -
deep i the gangrel's kep
dowie broon placks

Christmas lights dazzling -
deep in the beggar's cap
dull brown pennies

Thursday, December 13, 2007

the thrissel leaf:
its ain glisterin

the thistle leaf:
its own glittering

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

the rooster's skirl
snecks throuch the mornin's freist -
het eggs amang the strae

the cockrel's cry
cuts through the morning's frost -
warm eggs amongst the straw

Saturday, December 08, 2007

loass o a freen -
a brucken brainch
fleits awa doonstream

loss of a friend -
a broken branch
floats away downstream

Friday, December 07, 2007

a shilpit bawdrons
his bunt waffin in space

a skinny cat
his tail waving in space
her wechty pokes faw
she faws -
snaw moutens on her govein een

her heavy bags fall
she falls -
snow melts on her staring eyes

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

wund i the lum -
brucken airticles
stour alang the causey

wind in the chimney -
broken things
race along the street

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

agin the derk lift
reid-lit brainches

against the dark sky
red-lit branches

Monday, December 03, 2007

dubs reiddenin -
anither day

puddles reddening -
another day
advent caunles
blinterin -
the wund's lang raik

advent candles
flickering -
the wind's long journey

Friday, November 30, 2007

fou muin -
honesty dirls
i the tirl

full moon -
honesty rattles
in the breeze

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

the day -
new roses
the colour o snaw

today -
new roses
the colour of snow

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

it sterts tae snaw -
the blin musicianer
leuks upwarts

it starts to snow -
the blind musician
looks upwards

Monday, November 26, 2007

wund chirts
atween heidstanes -
throuch the leaves:Kaddish

wind squeezes
between headstones -
through the leaves:Kaddish

(old Jewish cemetery:Prague)
snell -
the tooter crunkles
the clarinettist
blaws on's fingers

cold -
the cornet crackles
the clarinettist
blows on his fingers
pawtin the deepth
o the Hebrew scrieve:
shivers i the dorbie's baird

fingering the depth
of the Hebrew script:
chips in the stone-mason's beard
a snell wund -
the bodach hunkers
his box souchin

a bitter wind -
the old man sits
his accordion wheezing

Monday, November 19, 2007

a neon watergaw
skimmers on her sheeny buits -
doontoon leddy

a neon rainbow
glitters on her shiny boots -
downtown lady
hungower -
a'where he leuks
reid berries

hungover -
everywhere he looks
red berries

Friday, November 16, 2007

frae a far awa playgrun -
ma auld scuil hauf-caw'd doon

from a faraway playground -
my old school half-demolished

Thursday, November 15, 2007

the auld makar
hame frae the burnside -
breidnirls aye in's pooch

the old poet
home from the riverside -
breadcrumbs still in his pocket
mornin licht
muves athort the herth -
stour steerin

morning light
moves across the hearth -
dust stirring

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

toon causey -
abodie tint i the haar
o thair ain braith

city street -
everybody lost in the fog
of their own breath

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

her cauld neb
whan a preed'r -
furst day o 'Wunter Haiku'

her cold nose
when I kissed her -
first day of 'Winter Haiku'

Monday, November 12, 2007

maple tree nakit -
its huil
o skimmerin licht

maple tree naked -
its skin
of glittering light
auld dug
steek in's mou -
wushin he'd rin fir't

old dog
stick in his mouth -
wishing he had ran for it

Friday, November 09, 2007

unner the brig
a yaised condom -
ettlin tae heave i the tirl

under the bridge
a used condom -
trying to rise in the breeze
fite mait dreepin
frae craw's neb -
a hinmaist aipple

white flesh dripping
from crow's beak -
a last apple
at ma door
leaves in a bing

at my door
leaves in a pile

Thursday, November 08, 2007

the colour
gane frae'r gairden -
wunter licht lemes on her hauns

the colour
gone from her garden -
winter light gleams on her hands

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

scuil playgrun -
leaves flichterin efter bairns
flichterin efter leaves

school playground -
leaves chasing children
chasing leaves

Sunday, November 04, 2007

the birk -
fou o auld nests

the birch tree -
full of old nests

Saturday, November 03, 2007

licht throuch the treen -
orange cloots

light through the trees -
orange robes
the jakie -
his sheddae on the wa
amangst the graffiti

the wino -
his shadow on the wall
amongst the graffiti

Thursday, November 01, 2007

aw saunts' day -
ten rodden berries
fir a rosary

all saints' day -
ten rowan berries
for a rosary
her reid pownie-tail
slaikit bi the wund -
leddie firefechter

her red pony-tail
licked by the wind -
lady firefighter

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

hallae e'en
pilkin beetroot:
bluid-colourt hauns

peeling beetroot:
blood-coloured hands
aipple-tree brainches
mair nakit -
aipples growein reidder

apple-tree branches
more naked -
apples growing redder
hairst mornin -
maple leaves
on a gean tree

autumn morning -
maple leaves
on a cherry tree

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

ruggin the hingers
reid rab settin on the stroop -
furst Yule caird

drawing the curtains
a robin sits on the pump -
first Christmas card

Monday, October 29, 2007

the hail orchard
shakkin -
skwurrels a'where

the whole orchard
shaking -
sqirrels everywhere
the pail muives aff -
a bleckie yitters
on the tuim burd-table

the hearse moves off -
a blackbird chatters
on the empty bird-table

Sunday, October 28, 2007

mids the burdsang
craw twangs sumthin's intimmers
oot frae the taur

amidst the birdsong
crow twangs something's intestines
out from the tar

Saturday, October 27, 2007

amang the leaves
a fedder -
dichtit smeeth bi arctic wunds

among the leaves
a feather -
brushed smooth by arctic winds
beekin thair hauns
at the bleeze
...reid maple leaves spreid

warming their hands
at the bonfire maple leaves spread

Friday, October 26, 2007

the bodach
hauds oot the wanits -
runkilt broon hauns

the old man
holds out the walnuts -
wrinkled brown hands
fitba pitch merkit oot:
stents o the gemme -
owerheid a bomber souchs

football field marked out:
grids of the game -
overhead a bomber drones
toon sirens skirl -
a fou muin agane
...ayewis smirkin

city sirens scream -
a full moon again
...always smiling

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

sauch leaves fawin -
oor lest

willow leaves falling -
our last

(for padres Ron and E.J. of chicago)
coortin kipple
a coffee atween thaim -
stame heavin

young lovers
a coffee between them -
steam rising

Monday, October 22, 2007

throuch the nicht
the wund -
leaves scartin the causey

through the night
the wind -
leaves scratching the sidewalk

Sunday, October 21, 2007

leaves tummlin
the aipples byde
...reid-chaftit bairns fuffin

leaves falling
the apples remain children puffing
on a stob
a craw tentie -
fite burds abuin the kirk

on a post
a crow watching -
white birds above the church
afore licht
afore burdsang -
the monastery bell

before light
before birdsong -
the monastery bell

Friday, October 19, 2007

the maisic
o cuit-deep leaves -
a fou muin keeks oot

the music
of ankle-deep leaves -
a full moon peeps out

Thursday, October 18, 2007

cocktail pairty -
a peerie moch wyvein
wearyin ilka ane

cocktail party -
a tiny moth weaving
annoying everyone
in the sin
streekin a gentie spyog -
the monastery bawdrons

in the sun
stretching an elegant leg -
the monastery cat
the Angelus bell -
twa butteries jine us
...syne a bummer

the Angelus bell -
two butterflies join us
...and then a bee
mornin incaains -
the cushats' cheetlin
throuch the cloisters

morning prayers -
the wood-pigeons' warbling
through the cloisters
freesty mornin -
oot frae a jaur
the rizzard lavender's blae braith

frosty morning -
out from a jar
the dried lavender's blue breath

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

a flee slawly
corses the lozen -
we skair its hinmaist day

a fly slowly
crosses the pane -
we share its last day
the bodach
heelds on's besom -
yin hinmaist leaf tae faw

the old man
leans on his brush -
one last leaf to fall

(for Tom)
a faw'n petal
weet dings on't -
its reidness

a fallen petal
rain beats on it -
its redness

Monday, October 08, 2007

aneath the nicht's
bricht constellations -
snail's siller fuit-prents

beneath the night's
bright constellations -
snail's silver foot-prints
his shuin
left oot aw nicht -
fou o leaves

his shoes
left out all night -
full of leaves

Friday, October 05, 2007

anither yirdin -
sin blinters on the spaiks
o a birlin trinnle

another funeral -
sun glitters on the spokes
of a turning wheel

Thursday, October 04, 2007

abuin the burn
maws skirlin -
nae breid the day anely leaves

above the stream
gulls screaming -
no bread today only leaves

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

the hern gants
its neb chizorin the err -
leaves faw aroon'm

the heron yawns
its beak scissoring the air -
leaves fall around him

Sunday, September 30, 2007

kirstenin -
the bairn an the watter
groozlin thegither

christening -
the baby and the water
gurgling together
catchit i the pent
a peerie flee - its weeng
glentin i the licht

caught in the paint
a tiny fly - its wing
flashing in the light

Saturday, September 29, 2007

tuim playgrun -
leaves rowin ower
the peever beds

empty playground -
leaves rolling over
the hopscotch beds
the maggie haps
frae brainch tae brainch -
the bodachs daffin at chess

the magpie hops
from branch to branch -
the old men playing chess

Thursday, September 27, 2007

in the bucket
amang the yill bottles -
a hairst muin

in the dustbin
among the beer bottles -
a harvest moon

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

frae door tae door -
the postie
the craw

from door to door -
the postman
the crow

(for my grandmother who thought a bird at the window
was a harbinger of bad news)
snell mornin
the bairns' reid nebs -
hollin-berries tae

cold morning
the childrens' red faces -
holly-berries too
the colour o deuks' nebs -
amang the deuks' nebs

the colour of ducks' bills -
among the ducks' bills

Monday, September 24, 2007

his wab
spreids athort the winnock -
blinterin colours

his web
spreads across the window -
flickering colours
a hinmaist leam o sin -
a wesp beeks's feet
on the letterbox

a last ray of sun -
a wasp warms his feet
on the letterbox
screedin aff
the poor's-hoose makar -
a bog corses the page

reading aloud
the skid row poet -
a bug crosses the page

(for Buk)

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

in the yin sinny cheer -
tentie o the oam's
cheengin pattrens

in the one sunny chair -
watching the condensation's
changing patterns
untouchit brummles
glister -
naebodie cums

untouched brambles
glitter -
no one comes

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

keek o day -
the postie's reid bag

sunrise -
the postman's red bag

Monday, September 17, 2007

hail-water -
snail in's glore
steeks oot's chist

torrential rain -
snail in his element
sticks out his chest
the drouthie's gairden -
twa reid aipples gove
at the bleck-ee'd susan

the drunkard's garden -
two red apples stare
at the black-eyed susan
on her hunkers
settin oot neist year's bulbs -
the cailleach

on her knees
planting next year's bulbs -
the old lady

Friday, September 14, 2007

a hinmaist koi yirdit -
anely sheddaes nou
in the dub

a last koi buried -
only shadows now
in the pond
hairst wund -
a lang wab-threid
pits oot fause news

autumn wind -
a long web-thread
sends false messages

Thursday, September 13, 2007

biggin a shrine
Reid Rab tentie -
the verra dab...sum reid!

building a shrine
a robin watches -
just what's needed...some red!
hairst jeel
a lane cran snokes -
no sae monie jinks an jouks

autumn chill
a lone swift hunts -
not so many twists and turns

Monday, September 10, 2007

tree's sheddae
hings on the cunyie -
growein shilpit

tree's shadow
leans on the corner -
growing thin

Sunday, September 09, 2007

5 am. glowers
throuch the knock's gless -
maws skirlin

5 am. stares
through the clock's glass -
gulls screaming

Friday, September 07, 2007

in a dub o licht
leaves slawly lair -
mennens tak tent

in a pool of light
leaves slowly submerge -
minnows watch

Thursday, September 06, 2007

leaves hauf-green
hauf-yalla -
a'whaur hairst's flag

leaves half-green
half-yellow -
everywhere autumn's flag

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

furst hairst wunds -
the gairden
chitters an shaks

first autumn winds -
the garden
shivers and shakes
the cailleach
joukin an jinkin -
conkers fawin

the old lady
ducking and dodging -
chestnuts falling
grown-up gairden
lavender progs throuch the palin -
wints slaikin

overgrown garden
lavender pokes through the fence -
wants caressing
yin lowe
i the gairden bouet's gless:
Rose o Sharon

one flame
in the garden lantern's glass:
Rose Of Sharon

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

jazz clarinet -
a bleck butterie
daunces roon the wireless

jazz clarinet -
a black butterfly
dances round the radio

Monday, September 03, 2007

wuidcarver's shoppie
waffin o pine
...his gurlie hauns

woodcarver's shop
smelling of pine
...his gnarled hands
drapt rosary
snaggit on a breer -
a drap o bluid

dropped rosary
caught on a thorn -
a drop of blood

Sunday, September 02, 2007

twa flees on her airm
ill-daein -
mornin glories apen- mou'd

two flies on her arm
being naughty -
morning glories open-mouthed
yin scuip o ice-cream -
in the siller spuin
licht o a hairst muin

one scoop of ice-cream -
in the silver spoon
light of a harvest moon
lik the aipples
reid chaftit:
ower muckle wine

like the apples
red cheeked:
too much wine
muin-leukin hindert -
mak dae wi schnapps

moon-viewing cancelled -
make do with schnapps
athort a fou muin -
the deid koi

across a full moon -
the dead koi
flee cannae heave up
frae the flair -
skailt brandy

fly can't rise up
from the floor -
spilt brandy
a backgrun
o blues -
cluds improvisin

a background
of blues -
clouds improvising

Friday, August 24, 2007

in the gairden -
Buddha smirkin
cum weet cum sin

in the garden -
Buddha smiling
come rain come sun

Thursday, August 23, 2007

japanese gairden -
ma sheddae switters
ower the chingle

japanese garden -
my shadow ripples
over the shingle

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

the auld 'boglie hoose' -
maw's sheddae
a derk corse

the old 'haunted house' -
gull's shadow
a dark cross

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

the hail brae set aff -
a heel-merk
aside ilka saplin

the whole hillside planted -
a heel-mark
beside each sapling
faimlie ceilidh -
granfaither aye
a hauf-souch laicher

family sing-song -
grandfather always
a half-tone lower

Monday, August 20, 2007

on the peth
a pickle leaves -
fuspers o hairst

on the path
a few leaves -
whispers of autumn

Saturday, August 18, 2007

peerie moch
bouk o a spark
duntin throuch the weet

tiny moth
size of a raindrop
bumping through the rain

Friday, August 17, 2007

tapsalteerie, reengin
cluds at thair feet

upsidedown, searching
clouds at their feet
scuil's back:
o peerie dramas

school's back:
of tiny dramas

Thursday, August 16, 2007

bi the heidstane
a wund-chime -
the anely vice as we quat

by the headstone
a wind-chime -
the only voice as we leave

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

fite roses
govein heivenwarts
glowe i the licht

white roses
gazing heavenwards
glow in the light

(feast of the assumption)

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

box maisic -
pirls on the watter

accordion music -
ripples on the water
in her gairden
the cailleach dovers -
the sinflooer's heid stints

in her garden
the old lady dozes -
the sunflower's head droops

Monday, August 13, 2007

thrisseldoon stack
tae the speuggie's neb -
seems tae lou his baird

thistledown stuck
to the sparrow's beak -
seems to enjoy his beard
on the lown watter -
gowsts o wund
apenin fans o pirls

on the still water -
gusts of wind
opening fans of ripples
skreich o day -
licht muives athort
the boo o the aipple

dawn -
light moves across
the curve of the apple

Saturday, August 11, 2007

fou muin
follaes me hame - fite bawdrons
curlt on ma doorstane

full moon
follows me home -
white cat curled on my doorstep

Friday, August 10, 2007

'anither sodger deid' -
they blaw cuil tirls
athort thair tae-cups

'another soldier dead' -
they blow cool breezes
across their tea-cups
bubblie on a peth -
sauch brainches
scuff her shouthers

tearful on a path -
willow branches
touch her shoulders

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

on a lanely peth
a bummer bizzes

on a lonely path
a bee buzzes

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

sin throuch the leaves -
gies granny a tattoo
an aw

sun through the leaves -
gives grandmother
a tattoo also

Monday, August 06, 2007

frae the brig
tentie o the frog corssin
...the hern bidein

from the bridge
watching the frog crossing
...the heron waiting
bairn's neb at the winnock -
mornin glories
fouin wi weet

child's face at the window -
morning glories
filling with rain

Sunday, August 05, 2007

weet spae -
snail strunts
oot fir the day

wet forecast -
snail swaggers
out for the day

Saturday, August 04, 2007

pishin i the camp shunkie
attercap rins...

peeing in the camp latrine
spider runs...
wund throuch
the new palin-reens -
anither vice i the gairden

wind through
the new fence-slats -
another voice in the garden

Thursday, August 02, 2007

pattrens o licht
fleitin throuch the treen -
plash o an aipple fawin

patterns of light
floating through the trees -
splash of an apple falling
furst brummles
bricht een
gove at me frae the buss

first brambles
bright eyes
gaze at me from the bush

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

fir a spleet saicont -
maw an butterie
on the samen loopin peth

for a split second -
gull and butterfly
on the same winding path
sae drearifu -
wesps deein
in a dub o hinny

so sad -
wasps dying
in a puddle of honey
in the yin licht -
her apen ha-bible
his tuim yill bottle

in the one light -
her open bible
his empty beer bottle

Saturday, July 28, 2007

maws heave up
intae the licht
lavein thair sheddaes

gulls lift off
into the light
leaving their shadows

Friday, July 27, 2007

licht blinters
on a far awa burn -
deuk landin

light flickers
on a distant stream -
duck landing
sin throuch the brainches -
tree on watter

sun through the branches -
tree on water

Thursday, July 26, 2007

twa 'road-ragers'
gang gyte -
the caird dovers awa

two 'road-ragers'
rage -
the tramp sleeps on
foondert on the causey
she goves up at nebs -
sirens yowlin

collapsed on the street
she stares up at faces -
sirens wailing
juist whan the buss
leuks duin - a yalla rose
apens i the sin

just when the bush
looks finished - a yellow rose
opens in the sun
athort the leaves
a twa-heidit sheddae -
skwurrel reivin the orchard

across the leaves
a two-headed shadow -
squirrel raiding the orchard

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

the jimpest blue bonnet -
bawdrons' een glent

the daintiest blue tit -
cat's eys flash

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

threids on ma neb -
reengin fir'm
a'm snaggit in's wab

threads on my face -
searching for him
I'm caught in his web
faw'n petal -
a dreich deuk

fallen petal -
a dull duck

Monday, July 23, 2007

on a brainch
narrest the sin
an aipple sterts tae reidden

on a branch
nearest the sun
an apple starts to redden

Sunday, July 22, 2007

the day brichtens
a sinflooer keeks oot
frae ahint a hollyhock

the day brightens
a sunflower peeps out
from behind a hollyhock

Saturday, July 21, 2007

lown chattert -
a snail unnerfuit
i the lang girse

silence shattered -
a snail underfoot
in the long grass

Thursday, July 19, 2007

bonnie reid roses
...lowes slaikin

beautiful red roses
...flames licking
heich thrissels -
throuch the leaves
cloots o blae lift

tall thistles -
through the leaves
rags of blue sky
on the peth
a bricht reid berry -
brocht here

on the path
a bright red berry -
brought here

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

a leaf
fawin dowlessly - scuffin
the ithers short an lang

a leaf
falling helplessly -
touching the others briefly
festival toon -
he sweers at the motorist,
an waffs's baguette

festival city -
he curses the motorist,
and waves his baguette
on the cell door:
a jibbet...a boatie

on the cell door:
a scaffold...a ship

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

agin the fite cluds -
a swalla
anchorin ma thochts

against the white clouds -
a swallow
anchoring my thoughts

(after Ian Hamilton findlay: concrete poet)
unner the brig
a brucken bottle
spreedin the licht

under the bridge
a broken bottle
spreading the light
a brek i the cluds -
a rousty bike
wabbles i the burn

a break in the clouds -
a rusty bicycle
wobbles in the stream

(Mainichi Daily News)
oot frae the sheddaes
a sheddae raxes

out from the shadows
a shadow stretches

Sunday, July 15, 2007

doon the rod
echt-wheelers thunnerin -
a leddy launners daunerin

down the highway
eight-wheelers thundering -
a ladybird walking

Friday, July 13, 2007

dugs stour
throuch the sned girse -
a green haar

dogs race
through the cut grass -
a green mist

Thursday, July 12, 2007

rivin's wheel-chair -
a peth throuch
breers an snorlie ruits

forcing his wheel-chair -
a path through
thorns and twisted roots
ahint steekit hingers -
the new weedower
blethers tae's guidwife

behind closed curtains -
the new widower
talks to his wife

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

bi the jile wa -
brummle breers
skailin bluid

by the prison wall -
bramble thorns
spilling blood

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

efter incaains
geeglin frae the sheddaes -
nuns on retreat

after prayers
giggling from the shadows -
nuns on retreat
bi the embassy
a chiel murmellin -
sheddae-baurs athort's neb

by the embassy
a protestor -
shadow-bars across his face
on toon lums
maws hunkerin -
thair sangs o the sey

on city chimneys
gulls sitting -
their songs of the sea

Monday, July 09, 2007

ootby the monastery -
the preachin
o the auncient aik

outside the monastery -
the sermon
of the ancient oak

Sunday, July 08, 2007

'jazz on a summer's day' -
a skep fou o flooers
fou o bummers

'jazz on a summer's day' -
a basket full of flowers
full of bees
oot frae a lift
o bleck an fite cluds -
craws an maws

out from a sky
of black and white clouds -
crows and gulls

Saturday, July 07, 2007

thrissel's purpie toorie -
bummer's wecht
cowps it croosly

thistle's purple bonnet -
bee's weight
tips it jauntily
scuil hoalidays -
in the playgrun
the widden dug's weet een

school holidays -
in the playground
the wooden dog's wet eyes
taigilt in refleckshuns
the pheelosopher
goves intae the dub

tangled in reflections
the philosopher
gazes into the pond

Friday, July 06, 2007

deuk scarts'r heid
wi an orange fuit -
easement on sic a gray day

duck scratches her head
with an orange foot -
relief on such a grey day

Thursday, July 05, 2007

fleedin quallt -
a clint heaves frae the burn
dichtit claen

flooding abated -
a rock rises from the stream
washed clean

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

smoorichin the het stane -
a lane rose
deein o drouth

hugging the hot stone -
a lone rose
dying of thirst
threy speuggies scash
on a roobrub blade -

three sparrows squabble
on a rhubarb leaf -
'anither deid sodger' -
the brawest thrisseldoon
panders awa

'another dead soldier' -
the finest thistledown
drifts away

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

inveesabil midgies -
mid-err ballet

invisible midges -
mid-air ballet
bawdrons gittin auld -
ilka day his bell
narer the plainstanes

cat getting old -
every day his bell
nearer the pavement
the breer's fume
sneddin throuch
the diesel reek

the wild-rose's fragrance
cutting through
the diesel fumes

Monday, July 02, 2007

day daws
derkness sperfles -
leain the craws ahint

day dawns
darkness disperses -
leaving the crows behind
twa bleck dugs rin an daff -
thair reid tungs
thair fite banes

two black dogs run and play -
their red tongues
their white bones
simmer mornin -
tae glisk sic blitheness
wammlin throuch a cuddy

summer morning -
to see such joy
wriggling through a horse

Friday, June 29, 2007

autistic laddie
faw'n ower
cartoons jiggin on's neb

autistic boy
fallen asleep
cartoons dancing on his face
sin braks throuch -
a steel caber
boos i the burn

sun breaks through -
a steel beam
bends in the stream

Thursday, June 28, 2007

haggit wuid -
a singul burd
dairtin throuch the quate

felled forest -
a single bird
darting through the silence
treen owerhing -
the burn chynges
frae bibblin licht tae grumlie

trees overhang -
the stream changes
from bubbling light to gloomy
bairns skelloch
airms i the err -
playgrun fou o bibbles

children scream
arms in the air -
playground full of bubbles

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

passin ower
fou o dubs

passing over
full of puddles

Monday, June 25, 2007

saumon fir tae -
ma fingers

salmon for tea -
my fingers
weet fir days -
in the syver
pran o yestreen's speirins

rain for days -
in the gutter
pulp of yesterday's news

Sunday, June 24, 2007

furst communicants'
blinterin croons -
leaf-pynts hingit wi sparks

first communicants'
glittering diadems -
leaf-tips hung with raindrops
hauf-fou halflins
sclimin the sterr -
paidlin squaiks intae'r drame

tiddly teenagers
climbing the stairs -
pressing squeaks into her dream

Friday, June 22, 2007

doverin -
Yamaguchi's haiku
heavin an fawin

dozing -
Yamaguchi's haiku
rising and falling
ranter -
muckle-boukit in a dub
aneath the wildfire

reveller -
pregnant in a puddle
beneath the lightning
...doon the burn
a singul rose petal
wyves atween the deuks

...down the stream
a single rose petal
weaves between the ducks

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

a blink
frae the puppie -
a bummer in'ts ee

a wink
from the poppy -
a bumblebee in its eye
athort the new rin-in
bawdrons' fitprents -
sall ootlast us baith

across the new driveway
cat's footprints -
shall outlast us both
raxin fir a clud
the bairn tottles -
sits i the dub smirkin

reaching for a cloud
the toddler topples -
sits in the puddle smiling

Monday, June 18, 2007

weet stertin
attercap rinnin
atween the draps

rain starting
spider running
between the drops

Saturday, June 16, 2007

a splatch
o wull roobrub
diddlin i the weet

a patch
of wild rhubarb
singing in the rain
weet - tirrin
the gean's petals
yin bi yin

rain - stripping
the rose's petals
one by one
wi's muckle neb
sowps a singul spark

with his huge beak
sips a single raindrop

Friday, June 15, 2007

hern, stane-still -
wund suddentlik
pooks a fedder frae's weeng

heron, stone-still -
wind suddenly
plucks a feather from his wing
govein doon on hern -
govein doon
intae the watter

gazing down on heron -
gazing down
into the watter

Thursday, June 14, 2007

a breer -
nettles heeld forrit
gairdin it

a wild rose -
nettles lean forward
gaurding it
blowster -
wabs bairdie
wi thrisseldoon

gales -
webs bearded
with thistledown

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

the fisher
kestin's piece-box
catchit a burd

the fisherman
casting his sandwich-box
caught a bird
frae'r daith-bed
she seis the brummle's flourish
gie wey tae the fruit

from her death-bed
she sees the bramble's blossom
give way to the fruit
a mornin
o dubs:
rhymin awthing

a morning
of puddles:
repeating everything
the convent gairden's
gnomes hae pawkie smirks -
yin plays the box

the convent garden's
gnomes have roguish smiles -
one plays the accordian

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

raxin apen -
nae bummers the day

straining open -
no bees today
deuklins on the towe-peth -
amangst the yella gowans
bawdrons' een

ducklings on the tow-path -
amongst the buttercups
cat's eyes

Monday, June 11, 2007

sainit wi haly ile
a prees ma broo
agin ma guidwife's

blest with holy oil
I press my forehead
against my wife's
twa bleckies on a stug
centuries-auld sangs
in thair nebs

two blackbirds on a stump
centuries-old songs
in their beaks
foryettin...the wey

forgetting...the way
ootby the howf
youthie speuggies
in a stramash

outside the pub
young sparrows
disturbing the peace

Saturday, June 09, 2007

ootby the vennel
a puil o bluid -
fuchsias owerhingin

outside the alley
a pool of blood -
fuchsias overhanging
michaelmas gowans
gove athort the causey
tae the kirk ferr

michaelmas daisies
gaze across the street
to the church fair
aw day
sneddin treen -
a bog on ma pillae

all day
pruning trees -
a bug on my pillow

Friday, June 08, 2007

reid puppies
heeld thegither
...derk een

red poppies
lean together
...dark eyes
roukie mornin -
sheddae burds unnerwatter
sheddae burds i the err

misty morning -
shadow birds underwater
shadow birds in the air

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

atween the bodach
an the speuggie:
brukken breid

between the old man
and the sparrow:
broken bread

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

a furst burd veesits -
the peerie aipple tree

a first bird visits -
the tiny apple tree
the cailleach's roses
heeld oot
intae the ceetie

the old lady's roses
lean out
into the city

Monday, June 04, 2007

bleart refleckshun
in's fuskie

bleary reflection
in his whisky
roses hing frae the wa
...nebs o the
orphantage bairns

roses hang from the wall
...faces of the
orphanage children

Sunday, June 03, 2007

bummer slidderin oot
frae the lady's thummles -
its wark duin

bee slipping out
from the foxglove's bell -
its work done

Saturday, June 02, 2007

the deein sinflooer
intae the bicker

the dying sunflower
into the teacup
in the sin
a craw hunkers
in a dub o bleck fedders

in the sun
a crow sits
in a puddle of black feathers
leaf fleitin slawer
nor the rist o the burn -
the makar in't

leaf floating slower
than the rest of the stream -
the poet in it
a hinmaist
taisilt bi the tirl

a last
teased by the breeze
abuin the burn
mudges - ower fest
tae lave a sheddae

above the stream
midges - too fast
to leave a shadow
seturday mornin fitbaw -
anither baw
fleits doon the watter

saturday morning football -
another ball
floats downstream

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

twa swans
thair nest tuim
soom anent the deuklins

two swans
their nest empty
swim alongside the ducklings
in the scrappie's yaird
bonnie growthe

in the breaker's yard
beautiful weeds
craw an maw -
scashin ower
the hinmaist lum can

crow and gull -
squabbling over
the last chimney pot

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

o the chingle strand's

of the shingle shore's
in the barber's
a jaur o smeeth stanes -
flair kivvert wi herr

in the barber-shop
a jar of smooth stones -
floor covered with hair
the foggies
tissle tae skair
a peerie umberellae

the old couple
struggle to share
a tiny umbrella
simmer -
ilka leaf thristin
oot intae space

summer -
each leaf thrusting
out into space
bleezin azalea -
priest in's
pentacostal simmit

fiery azalea -
priest in his
pentacostal vestments

Sunday, May 27, 2007

airport shunkie
unalikenesses mouten
pishin in a raw

airport toilet
differences dissolve
peeing in a line

Saturday, May 26, 2007

a deuk sooms by -
hankilt boats
heave an faw

a duck swims by -
tied up boats
rise and fall
bleckie's chirmin
fous the air -
e'en craw taks tent

blackbird's singing
fills the air -
even crow listens

Friday, May 25, 2007

waff o wull lickerie -
the bairn in me
wints sweeties

smell of wild liquorice -
the child in me
wants sweets
fawin intae the scug
o the speengie rose -
the speengie's petals

falling into the shade
of the peony -
the peony's petals

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

hern swallaes
the wammlin moose -
the lang craig runklin

heron swallows
the wriggling mouse -
the long neck wrinkling

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

a tirl
frae whae kens whaur
apenin ma chaumer door

a breeze
from who knows where
opening my bedroom door
soun o a linn
...wund throuch
the green sauchs

sound of a waterfall
...wind through
the green willows

Monday, May 21, 2007

in ablow pink cluds
bleckie chirms the day
intae derkness

under pink clouds
blackbird sings the day
into darkness
sweltrie day -
bummer chaaves
in's fur cot

hot day -
bumble-bee struggles
in his fur coat

Friday, May 18, 2007

i the wund
a peerie buttery
faws...turns intae a leaf

in the wind
a tiny butterfly
falls...turns into a leaf
smatters o clud
maws heelstergowdie
i the wund

scraps of cloud
gulls tumbling
in the wind

Thursday, May 17, 2007

thigger wifie -
her sheddae
skiffs me

beggar woman -
her shadow
touches me
weet -
azalea tassies
reamin ower

rain -
azalea cups
craw shaks
its marrow's stieve bouk
...fite sichtless een

crow shakes
its mate's stiff body
...white sightless eyes

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

speuggie hunkert
keeks throuch the flourish
...laburnum rainglets

sparrow sitting
peeps through the blossom
...laburnum ringlets

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

throuch a perk
o pish-the-beds -
the wund's gate

through a field
of dandelion clocks -
the wind's route
swans doverin -
magnolia petals
on the girse

swans asleep -
magnolia petals
on the lawn
speengie rose uncleikin
its reidness
...stoundin heart

peony unclenching
its redness
...beating heart
cumulus cluds
pander by

cumulus clouds
drift by

Saturday, May 12, 2007

scuil's voar ferr -
ingaun clinks
slooshin intae the mullie

school's spring fair -
entrance fee
splashing into the tin

Friday, May 11, 2007

the bodach
tentie o the rackets -
sterns in's een

the old man
watching the fireworks -
stars in his eyes
slaw burn -
cluds grundit
i the shallaes

slow stream -
clouds beached
in the shallows

Thursday, May 10, 2007

craw heaves up
frae the dub
...cheen o glentin draplets

crow rises
from the puddle
...chain of sparkling droplets

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

throuch freestit gless
flams lowp
...reid azalea

through frosted glass
flames leap azalea
on the plainstanes
a doo's egg - washt oot
claen's a fou muin

on the pavement
a pigeon's egg - washed out,
clean as a full moon
the mull's
lanely watter-wheel -
the drouthie burn

the mill's
lonely water-wheel -
the dried-up stream
gean tree:
anely yestreen
flourish freithin ower

cherry tree:
only yesterday
blossom frothing over

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

keelies stane the deuks -
in the shallas
watter sclims hern's trams

vandals stone the ducks -
in the shallows
water climbs heron's legs
the sin's glister
the derk burn

the sun's glitter
the dark stream
threy deuks
anely threy deuks
runklin the hail burn

three ducks
only three ducks
wrinkling the whole stream

Sunday, May 06, 2007

chynge i the wedder
slawly fouin

change in the weather
slowly filling
hinmaist licht
on the brae
rap flourish

last light
on the hillside
rape blossom
at Jesus' feet
a vause o roses
...yin petal hings on a breer

at Jesus' feet
a vase of roses petal hangs on a thorn

Saturday, May 05, 2007

auncient aiks
a baiten peth
...breidth o a deuk

ancient oaks
a beaten path
...width of a duck
rin-ower craw:
bleck weengs
streekin oot o sicht

run-over crow:
black wings
stretching out of sight

Friday, May 04, 2007

atween clematis leaves
the crottilt warl
o the lameter wifie

between clematis leaves
the fragmented world
of the crippled lady

Thursday, May 03, 2007

sin muves athort
snaggit in a moose wab
a sheddae

sun moves across
caught in a spider's web
a shadow
gliffin oot a leam -
coke-tinnie on the burn

flashing out a beam -
coke-can on the stream
sin progs
doon throuch the leaves -
the pyotie burn rins

sun pierces
down through the leaves -
the piebald stream runs

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

fernyear's leaf
thrawin a sheddae
o kittlie tracery

last year's leaf
casting a shadow
of delicate tracery
in siccan
unchancy warl
speuggie's spurtle-legs

in such
a dangerous world
sparrow's thin legs
lown watter
frae clud tae clud

peaceful stream
from cloud to cloud
the cailleach's knockles
...bowders fiten i the burn

the old lady's knuckles whiten in the stream

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

mey day
anarchists daunce -
sin on polis steeks

may day
anarchists dance -
sun on police batons

Monday, April 30, 2007

ma freen's dug
taigils me in'ts leash -
voar jig...fir threy

my friend's dog
tangles me in its lead -
spring jig...for three
abuin the deid daffins
aipple-flourish -
on an on...wizzen's sets

above the dead daffodils
apple-blossom -
on and's shapes
on the lown watter
swan's sheddae-shaw:
a swan preenin

on the still water
swan's shadow-show:
a swan preening

Saturday, April 28, 2007

gean flourish
shours doon -
mensefu clappin frae the cress

cherry blossom
showers down -
polite applause from the crease

(cricket match)

Friday, April 27, 2007

in the burn's blinter
lang sheddae

in the stream's glitter
long shadow
the tottie reenges -
his buggy
fouin wi gean flourish

the toddler explores -
his push-chair
filling with cherry blossom
voar wund
mither an dochter
taigilt in ilk ither's herr

spring wind
mother and daughter
tangled in each other's hair

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

gean flourish
fleets on the burn
...plowp o a troot

cherry blossom
floats on the stream
...plop of a trout
gean flourishins
thair dowie nebs

cherry blossoms
their sad faces
finin the temple
we cast aff oor shuin
sit wi holiepied fitties

finding the temple
we remove our shoes
sit with holes in our socks
a tirl souchs
athort the perks -

a breeze sighs
across the fields -

Monday, April 23, 2007

the beadle
a blithefou chiel -
tuim biddy bottles

the gravedigger
a happy man -
empty wine bottles

Sunday, April 22, 2007

gean flourish
the bummer quats

cherry blossom
the bee leaves

Friday, April 20, 2007

craw stauns
govein intae the girse
...ah, haiku wark!

crow stands
staring into the grass
...ah, haiku business!
sumyin's thochts
in a bumt wrapper

someone's thoughts
in a thrown-away wrapper
bodach at's winnock
the saisons brichten
an derken's neb

old man at his window
the seasons brighten
and darken his face

Thursday, April 19, 2007

a sotter -
craw stammers
on the riggin-heid

bad workmanship -
crow trips
on the roof-ridge
swan liggs
pirlt in a dover -
lown mids o the burn

swan lies
coiled in sleep -
still centre of the stream

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

bawdrons skooks -
deuklins soom in sweels
...thair clockwark trams

cat skulks -
ducklings swim in circles
...their clockwork legs
doon an arbour
o gean treen
craw dauners...growein sma'er

down an arbour
of cherry trees
crow strolls...growing smaller

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

gean flourishins
fleetin doon the watter
...whaurivver it taks thaim

cherry blossoms
floating downstream
...wherever it takes them

Monday, April 16, 2007

aw day the hover-flee -
gliskin itsel
in ma windaes

all day the hover-fly -
seeing itself
in my glasses
snaggit amang
the brummle's jags
a riven-up scrieve

snagged amongst
the bramble's thorns
a torn-up letter
hern, snokin sheddaes -
in gled's

heron, hunting shadows -
in hawk's
somewey the gairdner:
his cuttie-reek
douce i the air

somewhere the gardener:
his pipe-smoke
sweetening the air
bawdrons on'ts rigg
sin in'ts cleuks

cat on its back
sun in its claws

Saturday, April 14, 2007

hover-flee's sheddae
muves ower'r breist:
its lang trams lag

hover-fly's shadow
moves over her breast:
its long legs linger
doverin sheddaes
the gairden sterts tae bummle

sleeping shadows
the garden starts to hum
sprots heeld
thair sheddaes:
koi ahint baurs

reeds lean
their shadows:
koi behind bars
yin bricht stern
intae the vennel

one bright star
into the alley

(Dylan concert)
brucken shalls -
somewey a bleckie,
a snail's glaize in'ts weeng

broken shells -
somewhere a blackbird,
a snail's gloss in its wing

Thursday, April 12, 2007

ma lap fou
o bawdrons' murrins

my lap full
of cats' purrings

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

gean flourishins -
grumphie shop lassie
scoors thaim wi'r besom

cherry blossoms -
grumpy shop girl
chases them with her broom

(Mainichi Daily News)

Monday, April 09, 2007

as veesitors win awa -

watching visitors leave -

Sunday, April 08, 2007

ootby the concert ha
lang-craigit sopranos

outside the concert hall
long-necked sopranos
Easter wauk -
dunt o the altar- laddie's

Easter vigil -
thump of the altar-boy's
Easter mornin -
the fankilt flee toves

Easter morning -
the trapped fly soars

Friday, April 06, 2007

Guid Friday -
he spreeds's freet
a bittie thinner

Good Friday -
he spreads his butter
a little thinner
in a cantie puil
a hinmaist pucklie daffins
gove at thirsels

in a placid pool
a last few daffodils
gaze at themselves

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

ower tottie
tae win tae thair chapper
he daffs alane

too tiny
to reach their doorbell
he plays alone
japanese lassie -
pintin oot airts
wi ma haiku pen

japanese girl -
pointing out directions
with my haiku pen
hoaspice flooers
oot wi the chookie banes
...a vause tapsalteerie

hospice flowers
out with the chicken bones
...a vase upturned

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

frae'r poke
a bra skailin -

from her bag
a bra spilling -
moving house
aw day
the yin butterie
fouin the gairden

all day
the one butterfly
filling the garden
voar sinsheen -
bummer waukens me
dunnerin at the winnock

spring sunshine -
bee wakens me
banging at the window

Monday, April 02, 2007

on a brainch
speuggie hysts's weeng
lats the sin unner

on a branch
sparrow lifts his wing
lets the sun under
licht on watter
skimmers throuch
the larie's leaves

light on water
shimmers through
the laurel's leaves
Easter -
a monk on's knees
scoors oot the confessional

Easter -
a monk on his knees
scrubs out the confessional

Sunday, April 01, 2007

passion sabbath -
on the brod
the lily's skailt pollen

passion sunday -
on the table
the lily's spilt pollen
a furst reid-admiral
chowlin's chafts
on a bowder

a first red-admiral
making a face
on a rock
atween the goalposts
an orange sin
slawly drappin

between the goalposts
an orange sun
slowly dropping

Friday, March 30, 2007

unweelness gane -
at the winnock her bricht een
forsythia- lit

illness gone -
at the window her bright eyes
forsythia- lit

Thursday, March 29, 2007

cluds furmin
moutenin -
Lady's dowie vice

clouds forming
dissolving -
Lady's sad voice

(for Billie Holiday)
his furst veesit
tae the clinic -
a wab streens i the wund

his first visit
to the clinic -
a web strains in the wind
mornin deow -
ilka bledd o girse

morning dew -
every blade of grass
back on'ts heels -
wirm losses

back on its heels -
worm loses

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

kirkyaird gien ower
lairstanes cowpt ...aye
the daffins mynd on

derelict churchyard
headstones toppled...still
the daffodils remember
craws gae haufers
on a chinky
...thair chopstick nebs

crows share
a spilt chinese meal
...their chopstick beaks

Saturday, March 24, 2007

day aff -
the baunker
coonts's daffins

day off -
the banker
counts his daffodils
bi the Madonna's shrine
a camellia buss -
buds reiddenin blately

by the Madonna's shrine
a camellia bush -
buds reddening shyly

Friday, March 23, 2007

scuil-bell - the sotter
cuils tae wammly raws
aside the stane crocodile

school-bell - the chaos
cools to wriggly lines
beside the stone crocodile
on the tree
a kervit hert
whaur the trunk sinders

on the tree
a carved heart
where the trunk seperates

Thursday, March 22, 2007

craw widdie
twa craws muve in -
she sens'm oot fir browls

two crows move in -
she sends him out for twigs
deid mappie - thae fur-lined

dead rabbit -
...all those fur-lined
mappie's neb etten
...a hinmaist muin
in tod's ee

rabbit's face eaten
...a last moon
in fox's eye

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

furst day o voar
smirks brustin oot

first day of spring
smiles bursting out

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

anither yirdin -
craw in's bleck's

another funeral -
crow in his black

Monday, March 19, 2007

snell day
the tinker's baries
her guidman's gowden cheens

cold day
the gypsy's bare feet
her husband's golden chains

Sunday, March 18, 2007

mither's day
athort her photy
sheddae o a burd

mother's day
across her photograph
shadow of a bird
furst snaw
on the tosie brainches

first snow
on the warm branches

Friday, March 16, 2007

wunter wisteria
huils hing
...bawkies i ma drames

winter wisteria
pods hang
...bats in my dreams
craw stots narrer
cocks's heid at oor leid:
suddron in a gylick lan

crow hops nearer
cocks his head at our language:
english in a gaelic land
lum reek liggs flet
howf winnocks shak
...tin fussle spring

chimney smoke lies flat
pub windows shake
...tin whistle reel

Thursday, March 15, 2007

skirlin saws aw day -
the nicht oor neibour's lichts
rax oot till us

screaming saws all day -
tonight our neighbour's lights
reach out to us
douce reek
o brennin scrogs heaves
...speirins o a fere's daith

sweet incense
of burning brushwood rises of a friend's death
haudin by the hospice -
suddentlie wintin
tae find masel fir kernels

passing the hospice -
suddenly wanting
to feel myself for lumps

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

craw nest biggin -
his baird
o swansdoon

crow nest building -
his beard
of swansdown

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

bi the weir cairn
the gean's flourish
cum an gane

by the war memorial
the cherry tree's blossom
come and gone

Monday, March 12, 2007

on her nest
deuk skews her ee
a clud faws in

on her nest
duck turns her eye
a cloud falls in
bawdrons streeks i the sin
gean sproots dae the samen

cat streches in the sun
above him
cherry buds do the same
brummle buss sprootin
deep doon
the fruit's bree gaitherin

bramble bush budding
deep down
the fruit's juices gathering
efter the onding -
she cycles shooglie lik
atween the cluds

after the shower -
she cycles shakily
between the clouds

Sunday, March 11, 2007

hailin mass: hailie uilie
fous ma luif's lifeline -
a first meysie smirks

healing mass: holy oil
fills my palm's lifeline -
a first primrose smiles
o the hail wuid
myndin the peerie
raing o daffins

of the whole forest
remembering the tiny
ring of daffodils

Saturday, March 10, 2007

nestin time
craw goves
intae the derk lum

nesting time
crow gazes
into the dark chimney
derk cluds rowe awa -
a craw sowps
frae glaizie tractor-steids

dark clouds roll away -
a crow drinks
from glittering tractor-tracks
hairst muin:
on a throu-gaun bus
ilka neb reflecks

harvest moon:
on a passing bus
every face reflects
coble hindert -
we hunker tentie
o the maws lavein

ferry-boat cancelled -
we sit watching
the gulls leave

Saturday, March 03, 2007

jazz souchs
throuch the gairden
awthing shaks a fit

jazz wafts
through the garden
everything dances
voar mornin -
a chiel

spring morning -
a man

Friday, March 02, 2007

gurly lift
a siller birk stauns
wildfire on the brae

stormy sky
a silver birch stands
lightning on the hill

Thursday, March 01, 2007

her spleet-new robes
...her lick

her new robes
...her speed
parkit, tentie:
jazz upmak - asweil's

parked, listening:
jazz improvisation - plus
tide's oot
maws an boaties
lie at peace

tide's out
gulls and boats
sitting motionless
mairch wunds -
lichtenin, derkenin

march winds -
lightening, darkening

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

chynge i the wedder
a chitter
throuch the binwuid

change in the weather
a shiver
through the ivy
abuin the scuilyaird
pokes sweel
an dook

above the playground
paper bags swirl
and dive

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

blae lift
cluds chase a furst bummer
athort the lozen

blue sky
clouds race a first bee
across the pane
throu incaains
an onding

during prayers
a downpour

Monday, February 26, 2007

bleck bawdrons
throuch the yella gowans
yalla een

black cat
through the buttercups
yellow eyes
git-weel cairts in the winnock:
lairstane sheddaes
on her wa

get-well cards in the window:
tombstone shadows
on her wall
a maw
hauds by slawly
sklentin east, syne wast

a gull
passes slowly
glancing right, then left

Sunday, February 25, 2007

tree hingit wi sparks
bourachin blue bonnet
caws doon a shour

tree hung with raindrops
rummaging blue tit
brings down a shower

Saturday, February 24, 2007

the day, licht hunkers
on brainches, gairden sates,
deuks' nebs

today light sits
on branches, garden seats,
ducks' bills

Friday, February 23, 2007

frae'r derkness
the blinn cailleach ootstreeks
...licht rins alang'r wand

from her darkness
the blind lady stretches out
...light runs along her cane

Thursday, February 22, 2007

throuch the winnock
the crescent muin
...a petal fawin

through the window
the crescent moon
...a petal falling
aw's lithe
the wund-bell
weet dreeps frae'ts tung

all is stillness
the wind-bell
rain drips from its clapper
maisic fest
jazz in the auld graveyaird
bairns jig on mools

music festival
jazz in the old churchyard
children dance on graves

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

on the scrievein dask
faw'n petals
hae yirdit the pen

on the writing desk
fallen petals
have buried the pen

Monday, February 19, 2007

saft tirl
a telegraph-powl
wammles athort the burn

soft breeze
a telegraph-pole
wriggles across the stream

Sunday, February 18, 2007

lavein kirk
craw stauns in ma rod
leukin forritsome

leaving church
crow stands in my way
looking defiant

Saturday, February 17, 2007

voar cluds
on the claes-rope
her bed-sheets spue

spring clouds
on the washing-line
her bed-sheets billow
zen gairden
hapt in snaw:
zen gairden

zen garden
covered with snow:
zen garden

(Mainichi Daily News)
a deuk an twa drakes
it's luve...til
there's scran tae skair

a duck and two drakes
it's love...until
there's food to share
crescent muin
liggin on'ts rigg
yin muckle smirk

crescent moon
lying on its back
one huge smile

Friday, February 16, 2007

flooers laid
whaur the cailleach dee'd efter Valentine's day

flowers laid
where the old lady died after Valentine's day