Monday, December 29, 2008

sweelin oot
the rice pat -
muin i the watter

washing out
the rice pot -
moon in the water

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

flu meesires -
throuch the chaumer winnock
craw's rispy caw

flu miseries -
through the bedroom window
crow's raspy call

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

the autistic laddie
conducks's ain carols -
maws beseikin

the autistic boy
conducts his own carols -
gulls beseeching

Monday, December 22, 2008

bawdrons on the palin
his bunt
strapt tae the muin

cat on the fence
his tail
strung to the moon

Friday, December 19, 2008

the hern
an the bodach:
thair boolie-backit sheddaes

the heron
and the old man:
their round-shouldered shadows

Monday, December 15, 2008

yule tree's
fume o pine wuid -
a stag's hystit antlers

Christmas tree's
smell of pine forest -
a stag's raised antlers

Friday, December 12, 2008

attercap doverin
atween twa leaves:
braw hammock

spider asleep
between two leaves:
nice hammock

Thursday, December 11, 2008

sneckin aff
the entry licht -
lavein juist the fou muin

switching off
the porch light -
leaving just the full moon
the reid geranium
the auld bawdrons gantin

next to
the red geranium
the old cat yawning

Monday, December 08, 2008

new stogs
amang the puddock stuils

new tree-stumps
among the mushrooms

Saturday, December 06, 2008

auld diary
frae warl war 1
a bullet hole

old diary
from world war 1
a bullet hole
faw'n ower -
threy days brennt awa
on the advent caunle

fallen asleep -
three days burnt away
on the advent candle

Thursday, December 04, 2008

the dummie:
his watshod een mou
his dug's deid

deaf and dumb:
his tears tell me
his dog is dead

Monday, December 01, 2008

in the cauld
luvers pree:
gravats o braith

in the cold
lovers kiss:
scarves of breath

Saturday, November 29, 2008

craw's surreal mornin -
tentie o the watter
aneath the glaister

crow's surreal morning -
watching the water
beneath the ice
furst freest -
the postie's
crumpin fuitsteps

first frost -
the postman's
crackling footsteps

Friday, November 28, 2008

licht throuch cut-gless:
on a page o daith poems

light through cut-glass:
on a page of death poems

Thursday, November 27, 2008

amang the faw'n aipples
a faw'n simmer-

among the fallen apples
a fallen summer-

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

burthday -
the bodach coonts:
anither cairt less this year

birthday -
the old man counts:
another card less this year

Monday, November 24, 2008

at furst glisk
leukit lik a blink:
yin-e'ed bawdrons

at first glance
it seemed a wink:
one-eyed cat

Friday, November 21, 2008

in heich brainches:
a bad-losser's
fitbaw buits

in high branches:
a bad-loser's
football boots

Thursday, November 20, 2008

leafless aipple tree -
whigmaleeries hingin
reid an green

leafless apple tree -
baubles hanging
red and green

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

hern snokin
in a leam o sinsheen:
lang gowden neb

heron hunting
in a ray of sunshine:
long golden beak
sinny mornin -
the muin
sweirt tae lave

sunny morning -
the moon
reluctant to leave

Monday, November 17, 2008

leaves on the burn
birl an sneck:
dumfoonerin jeegsaw

leaves on the stream
spin and lock:
amazing jigsaw

Friday, November 14, 2008

whalp an poinsettia
govein at ilk ither:
tungs oot

pup and poinsettia
staring at each other:
tongues out

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

stour o's shock
ower -
a stilt yirdin'm

storm of his stroke
over -
a crutch earthing him
brust fitbaw -
a peerie laddie's
crumpilt neb

burst football -
a little boy's
crumpled face

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

fou muin -
his siller bugle:
lest post

full moon -
his silver bugle:
last post

Monday, November 10, 2008

remembrance gairden -
yirdit agane
aneath new leaves

remembrance garden -
buried again
beneath new leaves

Friday, November 07, 2008

frae the ferris wheel:
a wab

from the ferris wheel:
a web
throuch the haar
a yalla rose -
indian simmer

through the mist
a yellow rose -
indian summer
throuch the hairst leaves -
a crunklin lowe

through the autumn leaves -
a crackling fire

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

hairst waddin -
cluds o fite
a bob o pansies

autumn wedding -
clouds of white
a posy of pansies

Monday, November 03, 2008

indian simmer -
cowpt on the brod
a poke o leemons

indian summer -
spilled on the table
a bag of lemons

Saturday, November 01, 2008

anither yirdin -
on the claes line
naethin bit bleck claes

another funeral -
on the washing line
nothing but black clothes

Friday, October 31, 2008

hallae e'en -
bygaun the baurber's
he waffs's razzor

halloween -
passing the barber shop
he waves his razor

Thursday, October 30, 2008

auld bawdrons
gane -
his dentit cushin

the old cat
gone -
his dented cushion

(Mainichi Daily News)

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

in the perk
bairns stern lowpin -
maple leaves fawin

in the park
children star jumping -
maple leaves falling
weir memorial -
nakit brainches thraw
pikit-weer sheddaes

war memorial -
naked branches throw
barbed-wire shadows
keep-fit cless
i the perk -
maws shog frae fit tae fit

keep-fit class
in the park -
gulls rock from foot to foot

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

reid rab
reiddens the watter

the robin
reddens the water

(Mainichi Daily News)

Saturday, October 25, 2008

a leaf faws
fleits doonstream -
a fooneral hauds by

a leaf falls
floats downstream -
a cortege passes

Thursday, October 23, 2008

the lassie keeks oot
frae'r muckle umberellae
...a snail

the girl peeps out
from her huge umbrella
...a snail

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

a hap o leaves
troot dover

a quilt of leaves
trout sleep

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

the sacrament -
her wine-coloured tae-nails

communion -
her wine-coloured toe-nails

Monday, October 20, 2008

wundy day -
stertin tae dirl

windy day -
starting to rattle
fou muin -
pokey hats
frae a late-nicht shoppie

full moon -
ice-cream cones
from a late-night parlour
abuin the flautist
flutherin weengs
hove an faw

above the flautist
fluttering wings
rise and fall

Sunday, October 19, 2008

airt gailerie -
ablow the scuddit lass:
coorse loon settins

art gallery -
below the nude:
naughty boy plants
licht on the causies -
ruchsome neb

light on the cobbles -
craggy face
the bodach
staps tae sneesh -
leaves sweel doon

the old man
stops to sneeze -
leaves swirl down

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

bi the door
o the x-ray dept.:
derk hairst brainches

by the door
of the x-ray dept.:
dark autumnal branches

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

quate mornin -
leaves juist
suddentlie lowsin

calm morning -
leaves just
suddenly letting go

Monday, October 06, 2008

they hunker sonsie
as buddhas:
faw'n aipples

they sit solid
as buddhas:
fallen apples

Saturday, October 04, 2008

thair drucken sangs
gie wey yin bi yin
tae the sang o the charker

their drunken songs
give way one by one
to the song of the cricket

Friday, October 03, 2008

zen dug
laipin the dub
swallaein the tide

zen dog
lapping the puddle
swallowing the ocean

Thursday, October 02, 2008

skailt sinlicht -
leaves blawn
intae a neuk

scattered sunlight -
leaves blown
into a corner
amang the aipples
reid nebs

among the apples
red faces

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

sneddin buddleia -
the nicht
a purpie chack flourishin

pruning buddleia -
a purple bruise blossoming
craw an me:
twa sheddaes
on the burn

crow and I:
two shadows
on the stream

Sunday, September 28, 2008

bag-wifie i the perk -
bairns' sheddaes
sweengin athort'r neb

bag-lady in the park -
childrens' shadows
swinging across her face
the auld kipple
stravaig the olive plantin -
arthritic sheddaes

the old couple
wander the olive grove -
arthritic shadows
tapless strand -
papaya hing
frae the treen

topless beach -
papaya hang
from the trees

Saturday, September 27, 2008

pouin lamb's tongues
she fumes
the hail gairden

pulling mint
she perfumes
the whole garden
lavein the kirk -
frae ahint a clud
leams o a monstrance

leaving church -
from behind a cloud
rays of a monstrance

Friday, September 26, 2008

greek waddin
the nervish kipple -
mandoline's trummlin

greek wedding
the nervous couple -
mandoline's trembling
sinny day
haudin by the kirkyaird thae girnin mort-heids

sunny day
passing the graveyard
...all those grinning skulls

Thursday, September 25, 2008

liggin in muinlicht
we neck anely nou,
...hairst's brainches

lying in moonlight
we embrace only now,
...autumnal branches
muin on the puil -
the auld wytress gaithers in
a hinmaist ashet

moon on the pool -
the old waitress gathers in
a last plate

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

maws an thair sheddaes
...tuim nets

gulls and their shadows
...empty nets

Monday, September 15, 2008

on the telephone weer:
craw yatterin

on the telephone wire:
crow chattering
mornin deow
glisters -
the mappie dichts its neb

morning dew
glitters -
the rabbit washes its face

Friday, September 12, 2008

pouin brummles -
her blae smirk

old lady
picking brambles -
her blue smile

Thursday, September 11, 2008

auld scuil
hauf dung doon:
ghaistly ribs

old school
half demolished:
ghostly ribs

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

muckle attercap
deid on ma flair:
derk brooch

huge spider
dead on my floor:
dark brooch
he pynts oot the aipples
tae's gran-bairn
...reid chaftit

he points out the apples
to his grandchild cheeked

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

waukrife nicht -
thrawin stanes
intae the derkness

sleepless night -
throwing stones
into the darkness

Sunday, September 07, 2008

hairst -
the ploo'd perk's
glisterin cley

autumn -
the ploughed field's
glittering clay

Friday, September 05, 2008

the wuid's green licht:
reid aipples

the wood's green light:
red apples
roon the aul fowks hame -
haipin up

round the old folks home -
piling up

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

weet cluds gane -
doos' weengs
shakkin the licht

rain clouds gone -
doves' wings
shaking the light

Monday, September 01, 2008

tentie o the sin
gaein doon -
lipstick on'r gless

the sun go down -
lipstick on her glass

Sunday, August 31, 2008

hairst -
whurrin o weengs
athort the gairden

autumn -
whirring of wings
across the garden

Friday, August 29, 2008

muinlicht dookin:
on the funtain-nude's erse

moonlight bathing:
on the fountain-nude's bottom

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

hairst blawin in -
gaein stieve

autumn blowing in -

Monday, August 25, 2008

daunce-ha dung doon -
throuch the grummel
youthie treen sweyin

demolished dance-hall -
through the rubble
young trees swaying

Sunday, August 24, 2008

on'r sweeng
...pendle skelpin

on her swing
...pendulum ticking

Friday, August 22, 2008

rackets -
her een

fireworks -
her eyes
blae straik -
nae time fir yin braith e'en

blue streak -
no time for one breath even

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

weet -
frae burn tae clud
the yin watter

rain -
from stream to cloud
the one water

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

lichts on
dominies busk -
hinmaist day o seelence

lights on
teachers prepare -
last day of silence

Monday, August 18, 2008

craws heave up -
the bodach
apens's bleck umberellae

crows rise up -
the old man
opens his black umbrella
fou muin -
a freithy yill

full moon -
a frothy beer

Sunday, August 17, 2008

throuch her gairden
o sinflooers
the cailleach flichters

through her garden
of sunflowers
the old lady flickers

Thursday, August 14, 2008

dug stourin
throuch the sned girse:
his green neb

dog racing
through the cut grass:
his green nose

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

burn in spate -
the snaik's
runkilt bouk

flooded stream -
the slug's
wrinkled body

Monday, August 11, 2008

throuch the sparred pailin
her whurly claes-drier -
breeks gae racin by

through the slatted fence
her rotary-drier -
trousers go racing past
moch agin
ma lichtit winnock -
a derk warl at's rig

moth against
my lighted window -
a dark world at its back

Saturday, August 09, 2008

days o weet -
cuddy purls
washt tae bricht caff

days of rain -
horse manure
washed to bright chaff

Friday, August 08, 2008

i the perk -
leaves dreepin

in the park -
leaves dripping
the laddie's jaur
o leddy launners, smusht:
a reid spatch spreedin

the boy's jar
of ladybirds, smashed:
a red patch spreading

Thursday, August 07, 2008

in's auld buit:
the aye-bricht petal
o a muntain flooer

in his old boot:
the still-bright petal
of a mountain flower

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

the gairdner
heelds ower's flooers -
they gove up at'm

the gardener
leans over his flowers -
they gaze up at him

Monday, August 04, 2008

hinmaist train gane -
muinlit rails

last train gone -
moonlit rails

Friday, August 01, 2008

maisic o the weet -
the tom-tom
o a laiky dreep

music of the rain -
the tom-tom
of a leaky drip

Thursday, July 31, 2008

pleuch sock
sheenin i the sin
...a maw's weeng

shining in the sun
...a gull's wing

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

the cailleach's yett
moose wabt:
lyart wi thrisseldoon

the old lady's gate
spider webbed:
hoary with thistledown

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

sindoon -
she rugs a reid threid
throuch her flooerin

sunset -
she draws a red thread
through her embroidery

Monday, July 28, 2008

i the shed
o a sparred pailin: bawdrons
drames o bein a teeger

in the shade
of a slatted fence: cat
dreams of being a tiger

Saturday, July 26, 2008

sicht o the killin -
a maw sclices bin-bags
insides skail oot

site of the murder -
a gull slices trash-bags
insides spill out
the mawkie rists -
sin glisters on's
batterin-ram heid

the bluebottle rests -
sun glitters on his
battering-ram head

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

apenin the door
tae the
gairden's bizzin

opening the door
to the
garden's buzzing
snowkin the buddleia:
ma neb
amang bummers' weengs

sniffing the buddleia:
my nose
amongst bees' wings
the tuim chaumer -
aroon the vause
petals heapin

the empty room -
around the vase
petals piling

Saturday, July 19, 2008

on pailin weers
sparks: bricht spatrils
on a stave

on fence wires
raindrops: bright notes
on a stave

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

...weshin's caur -
snail coories up
tae the laiky hose

...washing his car -
snail cuddles up
to the leaky hose

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

throuch ramstam traffeck:
a bummer

through rush-hour traffic:
a bee
pentit cougirls whoop!
a paircel o cluds oxter by

painted cowgirls whoop!
a herd of clouds jostle past

Monday, July 14, 2008

throuch an apen winnock
a pairtie -
flooers haud up thair tassies

through an open window
a party -
flowers hold up their cups
furst daunce:
bride's divorcit pawrents -
laser-licht's fause wattergaw

first dance:
bride's divorced parents -
laser-light's phony rainbow

Sunday, July 13, 2008

stoundin maisic:
snail snuils intae's shall

pounding music:
snail cringes into his shell
peth o the scunger:
rose petals

path of the prowler:
rose petals

Friday, July 11, 2008

in the green tae
mongolian een
...aboot tae teem

in the green tea
mongolian eyes
...about to pour
ristit on bin-bags
he maits's crippilt laddie:
chopsticks pickin

rested on trash-bags
he feeds his handicapped son:
chopsticks pecking

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

roses' heids
abuin the wa

roses' heads
above the wall

Monday, July 07, 2008

midnicht tod
throuch the dubbit causey:
his bunt thrawin the muin

midnight fox
through the puddled street:
his brush distorting the moon
in a scuggit neuk:
a pish-the-bed-knock

in a shaded corner:
a dandelion-clock
a rose petal faws -
the leprone
hunkers trummlin

a rose petal falls -
the baby rabbit
sits trembling

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Bach's Cello Suites
lave the chaumer -
corn-shanks trummlin

Bach's Cello Suites
leave the room -
corn-stalks trembling

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

craw's heid stucken
in a crisp-poke -
...muted tooter

crow's head stuck
in a crisp-packet -
...muted trumpet

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

unchancie hauflins -
the gangrel slumps
intae the howe o's baird

dangerous youths -
the tramp sinks
deeper into his beard

Friday, June 27, 2008

brakfast o gowans:
sinny-sides up

breakfast of daisies:
sunny-sides up
fushionless -
tentie as gray cluds
dae a jeegsaw puzzle

listless -
watching grey clouds
do a jigsaw puzzle

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

the hern gaes stieve -
chork o
the bodach's laiky buits

the heron stiffens -
squelch of
the old man's leaky boots

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

nursery day oot
bairns' flags, balloons,
...tirl throuch the puppies

nursery day out
childrens' flags, balloons,
...breeze through the poppies

Monday, June 23, 2008

wull flooer
hingin blae an yalla
...airtist's dreepin brush

wild flower
hanging blue and yellow
...artist's dripping brush

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

douce fite rose
skiffin'r lips:
teenge o pink

sweet white rose
brushing her lips:
tinge of pink
muinlit perk -
wide-eed i the girse:
puddock stuils

moonlit field -
wide-eyed in the grass:

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

freight train
rummles by -
spores win awa on the waff

freight train
rumbles past -
spores leave on the draught

Sunday, June 15, 2008

craw hunkerin
on a siller birk -
thunner an lichtnin

crow sitting
on a silver birch -
thunder and lightning
flee raxes i the wab -
a bonnie lassie
plets'r gowden herr

fly struggles in the web -
a pretty girl
plaits her golden hair
washerwives stoiter
ablow bings o sheets -
a cludless lift

laundry ladies stagger
under piles of sheets -
a cloudless sky
lossin candidate
in's gairden
a clappit balloon

losing candidate
in his garden
a shrunken balloon
poorin weet -
in hoaspital winnocks
trummlin patients

pouring rain -
in hospital windows
trembling patients
his furst flicht -
the callant's
tuinless fusslin

his first flight -
the young man's
tuneless whistling

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Friday, June 06, 2008

i the rose's heid
o derk sheddae

in the rose's head
of dark shadow

Thursday, June 05, 2008

treen heeld
intae the timmer-yaird

trees lean
into the timber-yard

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

laddie an's dug doverin -
a wab-threid
leashin thaim

boy and his dog asleep -
a web-thread
binding them
the autistic laddie
traipses upstream -
derkness o craws abuin'm

the autistic boy
wanders upstream -
darkness of crows above him

Monday, June 02, 2008

the sloosh o a troot -
the lift

the splash of a trout -
the sky
swans preenin -
o a luvers' hank

swans preening -
of a lovers' knot

Friday, May 30, 2008

ma neebor
flittin -
weet derns's watshod een

my neighbour
moving away -
rain hiding his tears

Thursday, May 29, 2008

new puppies
govein aw airts:

new poppies
gazing in all directions :
in the troke
a fryin pan -
sinlicht spreidin

in the trash
a frying pan -
sunlight spreading
amang the grummel
thair heids blawn aff

among the rubble
their heads blown off

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

the sauch's refleckshun
raxes up: at...

the willow's reflection
stretches up:
furst sake -
Santoka's haiku
soom by

first sake -
Santoka's haiku
swim past

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

dernin i the girse -
his lang lugs

hiding in the grass -
his long ears

Monday, May 26, 2008

bawdrons streekit
on the hap -
yin splatch o sinlicht

cat stretched
on the quilt -
one patch of sunlight

Friday, May 23, 2008

licht throuch
the gean orchard -
luvers beamin

light through
the cherry orchard -
lovers blushing
in the nest's derk bowlie:
a sheddae
cleckin a sang-burd

in the nest's dark bowl:
a shadow
hatching a song-bird
bairn's graveyaird -
teddies an skailt wheerums

children's graveyard -
teddies and scattered toys

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

a heidless doo -
gean flourish
slawly yirdin it

a headless pigeon -
cherry blossom
slowly burying it

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

throuch the blawort
bawdrons' bell

through the bluebells
cat's bell
on the claddach
yestreen's squeak:
lassie in a dookin ootrig

on the riverbed
yesterday's newspaper:
girl in a bathing costume

Monday, May 19, 2008

aneath the sotter
o deuks matin -
the quate burn

beneath the chaos
of ducks mating -
the silent stream

Sunday, May 18, 2008

backlans wrackt -
a fou muin
leukin sae bricht

ghettos demolished -
a full moon
looking so bright
fou muin -
on the derk watter
a swan

full moon -
on the dark river
a swan

Saturday, May 17, 2008

a fedder blaws
throuch the gairden -
she greits fir'r tint bairn

a feather blows
through the garden -
she cries for her lost child

Friday, May 16, 2008

flee draps on the page:
its unco sheddae
wycelik wi the japanese

fly drops on the page:
its strange shadow
fitting with the japanese
sookin'r bairn -
in the lift
a lang fite contrail

breast-feeding her child -
in the sky
a long white contrail
flourishins in's pooch:
the bodach
ettles tae mind...

blossoms in his pocket:
the old man
tries to remember...

Thursday, May 15, 2008

zen gairden:
sumyin's fuitprents
athort the watter

zen garden:
someone's footprints
across the water
throuch faw'n flourishins:
peerie brides
mak thair wey tae scuil

through falling blossoms:
tiny brides
make their way to school

Monday, May 12, 2008

the sin's raik
het on the airn bink:
a bodach rists

the sun's journey
hot on the iron bench:
an old man rests
at the en
o a siller steid:
snail dramein

at the end
of a silver trail:
snail dreaming
throuch the perk:
buits jowelt
wi gean flourish

through the park:
boots jewelled
with cherry blossom

Saturday, May 10, 2008

heronious traffeck -
dubs lowp sidelins,
clap tae throu-gaun fowk

outrageous traffic -
puddles leap aside,
cling to passers-by

Thursday, May 08, 2008

simmer burn -
bairns' nebs
boabbin amang the deuks

summer stream -
childrens' faces
bobbing amongst the ducks

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

petals waffin -
butterie leuks deezie

petals waving -
butterfly looks dizzy
reid-tapt aipple flourish -
bummer veesits the
hoose o a thoosan preeins

red-tipped apple blossom -
bee visits the
house of a thousand kisses
keek o day
the easin
...a spreidin smirk

the horizon
...a spreading smile

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

sic blitheness
gean flourish sweelin:
yin gits a hurl on a dug's neb

such joy
cherry blossom swirling:
one rides on a dog's nose
thunner an lichtnin -
a blin chiel
fite steek chappin the yirth

thunder and lightning -
a blind man
white stick tapping the earth

Monday, May 05, 2008

skirls o delicht -
mither's umberellae's
cum a fleein draigon

screams of delight -
mother's umbrella's
become a kite

Sunday, May 04, 2008

a faw'n
magnolia petal -
a haunfae o weet

a fallen
magnolia petal -
a handful of rain

Saturday, May 03, 2008

shofukuji tempel
speuggies daff i the stour:
the day's preachin

shofukuji temple
sparrows play in the dust:
today's sermon

(Japan's first Zen temple)

Friday, May 02, 2008

japanese tae-hoose -
a rose
foondert on'ts breers

japanese tea-house -
a rose
collapsed on its thorns
a lanely tempel -
koi gaither at the brig
apen- mou'd

a lonely temple -
koi gather at the bridge
origami cless -
sin throuch the winnock
unfaulds a tulip

origami class -
sun through the window
unfolds a tulip

Thursday, May 01, 2008

mither's hauns
yirdit i the yirth -
her gean flourishin

mother's hands
buried in the earth -
her cherry tree blossoming

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

tirl throuch the tulips:
footers, footers,
gin the petals faw aff

breeze through the tulips:
tinkers, tinkers,
until the petals fall off

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

cluds abuin the treen -
the fusher
feuchs's cuttie

clouds above the trees -
the angler
puffs his pipe

Monday, April 14, 2008

deid phaesant -
the fusher's een
licht up

dead pheasant -
the angler's eyes
light up

Saturday, April 12, 2008

the cailleach's breid -
oot frae tide cluds

the old lady's bread -
out from ocean clouds
gulls, rain
i the dubs
gean flourishins:
kaleidoscope i the tirl

in the puddles
cherry blossoms:
kaleidoscope in the breeze

Friday, April 11, 2008

deid maw -
speuggie gaitherin
saftest fedders

dead gull -
sparrow gathering
softest feathers

Thursday, April 10, 2008

hert ward -
sheenin herts stoondin
...sterns throuch the derk lozen

intensive care -
luminous hearts pulsing
...stars through the dark pane

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

rose petals sinderin -
the indian lassie's

rose petals seperating -
the indian girl's

Saturday, April 05, 2008

washin-day -
cluds spuein
...blae unnerweir

washing-day -
clouds billowing underwear

Friday, April 04, 2008

i the howe o'r derk fedders
a green egg

deep in her dark feathers
a green egg
a furst bummer duntin
throuch the forsythia:
sleeperie lik

a first bee bumping
through the forsythia:

Thursday, April 03, 2008

rairin o saws -
new railrod
throuch the blawort

roaring of saws -
new railroad
through the bluebells

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

throuch the winnock
on the blae lift -
an attercap daunerin

through the window
on the blue sky -
a spider strolling

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

punlers gane
weet ginges the sawins:
tree's hert bled oot

foresters gone
rain gingers the sawdust:
tree's heart bled out
voar tirl -
youthie leaves
pruive thair vices

spring breeze -
young leaves
try out their voices

Monday, March 31, 2008

weet blatters on thaim:
twa craws
staunin in inky dubs

rain beats on them:
two crows
standing in inky puddles
furst day o simmer time -
the playgrun chute
a siller watterfaw

first day of summer time -
the playground slide
a silver waterfall
silhouette airtist
sneckin aroon sheddaes
...fou muin

silhouette artist
snipping around shadows
...full moon

Sunday, March 30, 2008

fawin flichans -
far awa swans

falling snowflakes -
distant swans

Saturday, March 29, 2008

wundy agane -
craw hystes
a raggity weeng

windy again -
crow raises
a ragged wing

Friday, March 28, 2008

bawdrons skooks -
derk weengs
in's een

cat skulks -
dark wings
in his eyes

Thursday, March 27, 2008

sica stramash
frae the nursery playgrun:

such an uproar
from the nursery playground:
thrang speug:
a lang threid o girse
tae wyve aroon'r

busy sparrow:
a long thread of grass
to weave around her
brainch sheddaes
jeegsawin the plainstanes -
bairns lowp amang thaim

branch shadows
jigsawing the pavement -
children hop among them

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

the cailleach
an the burn thair ain slaw raik

the old lady
and the stream their own slow pace
'incident trappin' dirls -
wund sclices throuch
the vennel lik a gullie

'incident tape' rattles -
wind slices through
the alley like a knife

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

a vause o tulips
oot-yallain the sin -
snod in ma chaumer

a vase of tulips
out-yellowing the sun -
snug in my den

Monday, March 24, 2008

furst gorblins -
voar juist gat

first fledglings -
spring just got

Friday, March 21, 2008

Guid Friday -
hailstanes scartin,
teirin the flesh

Good Friday -
hailstones sctratching,
tearing the flesh
cadger an's dug -
his dowie sang
follaes me hame

beggar and his dog -
his sad song
follows me home

Thursday, March 20, 2008

fou muin -
maundy siller
fir awbodie

full moon -
maundy silver
for everyone

(Maundy Thursday)
shakkin wi lauchter:
the nuns
...the daffins

shaking with laughter:
the nuns
...the daffodils

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

yill bottle taps skailt -
he hunkers
refleckin on the galaxy

beer bottle tops scattered -
he sits
musing on the galaxy
simmer shows -
the attercap biggs
his hoose o dreid

summer fairground -
the spider builds
his house of horror

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

muinlicht -
a fite bawdrons slidderin
doon the gairden stairs

moonlight -
a white cat slithering
down the garden steps
furst gean flourish -
brainches reak
intae snaw cluds

first cherry blossom -
branches reach
into snow clouds

Monday, March 17, 2008

atween twa jags:
the brummle's flourish
makkin'ts wey

between two thorns:
the bramble's blossom
making its way

(Holy Week)
thrang bleckies
flee athort the sin -
thair fuskert sheddaes

busy blackbirds
fly across the sun -
their whiskered shadows

Sunday, March 16, 2008

hingin sparks
tremmle i the tirl -
farawa kirk bells

hanging raindrops
tremble in the breeze -
distant church bells

Saturday, March 15, 2008

throuch the olive plantin:
o shot joints

through the olive grove:
of arthritic joints

Friday, March 14, 2008

haar -
the muin dreeps

mist -
the moon drips
ma auld neebor
offers a perr o buits

my old neighbour
moving house:
offers a pair of boots
midnicht weet -
on toon plainstanes
colours rin

midnight rain -
on city pavements
colours run
blue bonnet's sang -
pen an jotter
pit by

blue tit's song -
pen and notebook
put away

Thursday, March 13, 2008

deid makar -
agin the wa
his hey-sned roostit

dead poet -
against the wall
his scythe rusted

(for Hugh MacDiarmid)
airlie mornin clockin -
gaitherin eggs

early morning clucking -
gathering eggs
fou o the sea's rair -
the craw's nest sweys

full of the sea's roar -
the crow's nest sways

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

stourin tae scuil -
thair fuitprents
left i the glaur

racing to school -
their footprints
left in the mud

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

draigon- fleein -
faither hauds's laddies

kite-flying -
father hold his son's
oot frae the
forsythia: reid rab
...bricht sperk

out from the
forsythia: a robin
...bright spark

Monday, March 10, 2008

day-daw -
abuin the nest's lip
bleckie's gowden neb

dawn -
above the nest's edge
blackbird's golden beak
daffins govein
intae the burn -
teepical narcissi

daffodils gazing
into the stream -
typical narcissi

Sunday, March 09, 2008

day efter the gemme -
the altar-laddie's
bleck- ee

day after the game -
the altar-boy's

Saturday, March 08, 2008

bleck plastic poke
fluthers on the pikit weer -
craw threeps tae't

black plastic bag
flutters on the barbed wire -
crow talks to it

Friday, March 07, 2008

mairch wunds -
chirms o peerie burds
blawn bogshaivelt

march winds -
chirps of tiny birds
blown shapeless

Thursday, March 06, 2008

maggie no shair:
tae hunker wi the maws
or the craws

magpie not sure:
to sit with the gulls
or the crows

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

blawin on the braeside
siller birks
...skime o swords

blowing on the hillside
silver birches
...flash of swords
throuch the perk
coortin kipples -
daffins' heids heeld an tig

through the park
young lovers -
daffodils' heads lean and touch
poussin its new buds
throuch the razzor-weer -

pushing its new buds
through the razor-wire -

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

crcuses -
haudin thair bickers
up tae the sin

crocuses -
holding their cups
up to the sun

Monday, March 03, 2008

a fite fan apens

a white fan opens
leain hame -
e'en his sheddae gaes
intae the flittin van

leaving home -
even his shadow goes
into the removal van

Sunday, March 02, 2008

mither's day -
in a derk vennel
she slerps'r gin

mother's day -
in a dark alley
she slurps her gin

Saturday, March 01, 2008

in the voar sin -
a signscriever
onlayin gowden straiks

in the spring sun -
a signwriter
laying on golden strokes

Thursday, February 28, 2008

stations o the corss -
throuch the flooers
a monk souchs

stations of the cross -
through the flowers
a monk drones
coll-bleck craws
frae the lum

coal-black crows
from the chimney
jazz parawd -
daffin tooters

jazz parade -
daffodil trumpets

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

draigons i the blowster -
dugs gove
cailleachs tove oot ahint

kites in the gale -
dogs stare
old ladies stream out behind

Monday, February 25, 2008

a farawa swan
towarts the cluds

a distant swan
towards the clouds
a singul
fite fedder
brookin the tirl

a single
white feather
enjoying the breeze

Saturday, February 23, 2008

slaw watter
takkin in the licht
jowellin the troot

slow river
taking in the light
jewelling the trout

Friday, February 22, 2008

the baunk clark gaes stieve
gies me the siller -
attercap on the wa

the bank clerk stiffens
gives me the money -
spider on the wall
drap intae the perk
humphin light on thair weengs

drop into the field
carrying light on their wings

Thursday, February 21, 2008

creckit fitpeth -
reak oot tae the sin

cracked footpath -
reach out to the sun
Voar wund -
hystin coats

Spring wind -
lifting skirts
i the lum -
braithy saxophone

in the chimney -
breathy saxophone

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

heid-cauld -
craw'll sit alane the day
...wull he wunner, a wunner?

head-cold -
crow will sit alone today
...will he wonder, I wonder?

Monday, February 18, 2008

voar -
a green sheddae spreidin
athort the treen

spring -
a green shadow spreading
across the trees
playtime -
the sin hings abuin
the netba skep

recess -
the sun hangs above
the netball basket

Sunday, February 17, 2008

drameit o a draigon -
the riven bouk
clootit wi a haiku

dreamt of a kite -
the torn body
patched with a haiku

Saturday, February 16, 2008

sin sheenin -
on the blae lift
muin's thoumprent

sun shining -
on the blue sky
moon's thumbprint
walcomin voar -
craw nevels the err
wi's neb

welcoming spring -
crow punches the air
with his beak

Friday, February 15, 2008

maws birl
i the sin -
bleck scarts on the burn

gulls wheel
in the sun -
black scribbles on the stream

Thursday, February 14, 2008

scuil hoalidays
awmaist ower -
the janny chacks the bell

school holidays
almost over -
the janitor tests the bell
yin reid rose
its heid
as big's a hert

one red rose
its head
as big as a heart

(valentine for Ann)

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

i the hait
the dug bowfs at the sin

in the heat
the dog barks at the sun

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

in's upturnt bunnet
placks fir the gangrel -
twa fir's deid een

in his upturned cap
pennies for the beggar -
two for his dead eyes
pittin oot the bucket
a peerie skelloch -
haar swurlin towarts her

putting out the trash
a tiny scream -
fog swirling towards her

Monday, February 11, 2008

in the haar
craws murrin
heich i thair derk nests

in the mist
crows murmuring
high in their dark nests

Sunday, February 10, 2008

skreich o day -
throuch the burdsang
heich-heels knackin

dawn chorus -
through it all
high-heels clicking

Saturday, February 09, 2008

heeldin ower
a breist cowps oot
crescent muin

leaning over
a breast falls out
crescent moon

Friday, February 08, 2008

agin the kirkyaird wa
the tide

against the churchyard wall
the ocean

Thursday, February 07, 2008

i the eenin lift

in the evening sky
leaves apenin
oot frae the meesterie

leaves opening
out from the mystery

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

auchteent burthday -
tethert tae'r pawrents' yett
balloons raxin tae be lowst

eighteenth birthday -
tied to her parents' gate
balloons struggling to be free

Monday, February 04, 2008

lans on's sheddae
sooks it up

lands on his shadow
sucks it up

Sunday, February 03, 2008

licht throuch
the kirk winnock -
bairns mak mappie sheddaes

light through
the church window -
children make rabbit shadows

Saturday, February 02, 2008

on ma wa
ma retiral mindin
tinglin the oors...the saiconts

on my wall
my retiral gift
chiming the hours...the seconds
guidwife doverin -
spreid on the bed

wife asleep -
spread on the bed
craw -
a derk thocht
kythes i the mind

crow -
a dark thought
enters the mind

Thursday, January 31, 2008

the toon
in the derkness
a stainit gless winnock

the city
in the darkness
a stained glass window
weet cluds gane -
the canaul towe-peth
a bricht blae

rain clouds gone -
the canal tow-path
a bright blue

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

athort the blae lift
a singul contrail muves -
scriever's clag ower

across the blue sky
a single contrail moves -
writer's block over
alang the burnside
snawdraps -
snaw faws

along the waterside
snowdrops -
snow falls
the jaur
o bricht daffins
...fusslin a jig aw day

the jar
of bright daffodils
...whistling a jig all day
a stour -
the cailleach stoaps
tae mait the maws

a blizzard -
the old lady stops
to feed the gulls

Monday, January 28, 2008

chinese lassie
her yalla pouther -
a furst daffin

chinese girl
her yellow powder -
a first daffodil

Sunday, January 27, 2008

brucken yill bottle -
in a splinder
freithy cluds

broken beer bottle -
in a fragment
frothy clouds
upwind a laddie
blawin bibbles -
a streetch intae a dramewarl

upwind a boy
blowing bubbles -
I walk into a dreamworld

Saturday, January 26, 2008

navvies roon the bore
gove doon oan a siller sin

labourers round the hole
gaze down on a silver sun

Friday, January 25, 2008

ootside the scuil
a fecht -
reid berries i the snaw

outside the school
a fight -
red berries in the snow
craw's neb
pikes the girse
the hale perk chitters

crow's beak
spikes the grass
the whole field shivers

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

tirl -
sheddaes stravaig
throuch the chaumers

breeze -
shadows wander
through the rooms
brainches streek oot
green taps
tig the tirl

branches stretch out
green tips
touch the breeze

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

dubs creckin -
a greitin bairn's runkilt neb

puddles cracking -
a crying child's crumpled face

Monday, January 21, 2008

in the clessroom winnock
new bulbs

in the classroom window
new bulbs
throuch the fawin weet
his bleck umberellae
muivin amang the craws

through the falling rain
his black umbrella
moving amongst the crows

Sunday, January 20, 2008

in a seelent vennel
a maw skirls
swallaein the jeelin wund

in a silent alley
a gull screams
swallowing the icy wind

Saturday, January 19, 2008

bawdrons curlt
i the monastery cheer -
ma maister

cat curled
in the monastery chair -
my master

Friday, January 18, 2008

Mornin Mass -
a fite wunter sin

Morning Mass -
a white winter sun

Thursday, January 17, 2008

a lift fou o sterns -
clinkin o glesses
dirr o the crack

a sky full of stars -
clinking of glasses
hum of conversation
a coortin perr sit -
her neb tae the sin
muves as it muves

young lovers sit -
her face to the sun
moves as it moves

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

sunlicht wyvein
throuch the brainches -
planets in luve

sunlight weaving
through the branches -
planets in love

Saturday, January 12, 2008

the t.v. aerial
bleckie luve sangs

the t.v. aerial
blackbird love songs
on the heichest brainch
a contrail progs'm

on the highest branch
a contrail pierces him
oot frae the snaw
a siller birk
makkin a plash

out from the snow
a silver birch
making a splash
ower freestit perks
lit frae aneath

over frosted fields
lit from beneath

Friday, January 11, 2008

janiveer jazz -
the wund-section's
blawn the ruif aff

january jazz -
the wind-section's
blown the roof off

Thursday, January 10, 2008

granda hauds'm
up tae the winnock
...dichts a fou muin ontae't

grandfather holds him up
to the window
...rubs a full moon onto it

Monday, January 07, 2008

snell wund -
throuch the causeys
a joogler jooglin gullies

bitter wind -
through the streets
a juggler juggling knives
youthie chiels
fellin youthie chiels -
weet blatters on sclidder

young men
killing young men -
rain beats on ice

Friday, January 04, 2008

takkin doon
Yule lichts -
the gairden snawlit

taking down
Christmas lights -
the garden snowlit

Thursday, January 03, 2008

licht throuch the winnock -
in ilka pictur
fawin snaw

light through the window -
in every picture
falling snow
plainstanes chackert
wi snaw an snawmelt -
a haud tae the bleck

pavements chequered
with snow and snowmelt -
I keep to the black

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

on a brig
twa trevellers
skair a wurd... 'pace'

on a bridge
two travellers
share a word... 'peace'
hogmanay -
rackets agane
flourishin fir a saicont

new year's eve -
fireworks again
blossoming for a second