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