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