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