Thursday, December 30, 2010

bawdrons goves at the muin -
a bead o mulk
hingin frae's fuskers

cat stares at the moon -
a bead of milk
hanging from his whiskers

Sunday, December 26, 2010

fou muin:
agin'ts screen
the nakit treen thrawin

full moon:
against its screen
the naked trees writhing

Thursday, December 23, 2010

bleckie's gowd neb
...sally-ann tooter

blackbird's gold beak
...salvationist cornet

Monday, December 20, 2010

Yule snaw -
ilk tree
beirin'ts brither

Christmas snow -
each tree
bearing its brother

Friday, December 17, 2010

on an eenin brainch
reid rab tentie o the sin
its reid breist

on an evening branch
a robin watches the sun
its red breast

Saturday, December 11, 2010

thowe -
i the gairden
the treen haud forrit

thaw -
in the garden
the trees step forward

Thursday, December 09, 2010

the tide's stramash
heesht tae a dreep:

the ocean's crashing
muted to a drip:
on the steppin-stane
snaw haipt heich
...doverin hern

on the stepping-stone
snow piled high
...sleeping heron

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

in a snaw-lit chaumer

in a snow-lit room

Sunday, December 05, 2010

cannie speuggie:
able tae stravaig
the deep snaw's scruif

lucky sparrow:
able to the wander
the deep snow's crust

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

snaw -
the treen
aw yin flourish

snow -
the trees
all one blossom

Saturday, November 27, 2010

furst snaw -
the siller birks
cleidit in new cots

first snow -
the silver birches
dressed in new coats

Friday, November 26, 2010

throuch nakit treen
the auld cou goves:

through naked trees
the old cow stares:

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

hairst's towl...
sheuch fou o leaves
airteries claggin

autumn's toll...
drains full of leaves
arteries clogging

Monday, November 15, 2010

furst freest -
warslin dugs
in a trinnlin clud o braith

first frost -
wrestling dogs
in a rolling cloud of breath

Thursday, November 11, 2010

armistice day -
the reid maple
liggs its wreath

armistice day -
the red maple
lays its wreath

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

nakit treen
hairst calligraphy

naked trees
autumn calligraphy

Monday, November 08, 2010

i the causey dubs
hooses trummle
... an incaain fir Haiti

in the street's puddles
houses tremble
...a prayer for Haiti

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

frae the perk bink
the hameless chiel castin leaves

from the park bench
the homeless man shedding leaves

Monday, November 01, 2010

hallae e'en -
in's scary fause face
feart o the derk

halloween -
in his scary mask
afraid of the dark

Monday, October 25, 2010

freest mizzlin -
day muin
dwines intae the cluds

frost melting -
day moon
disappears into the clouds

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

i the muinlicht
fawin leaves
...derk sterns

in the moonlight
falling leaves
...dark stars
faw'n leaves -
bairns hove thaim liftwarts
an rin throuch thair fawin

fallen leaves -
children toss them skywards
and run through their falling

Friday, October 15, 2010

ceilidh -
throuch the herp strings
the weedie's begrutten neb

recital -
through the harp strings
the widow's tear-stained face

Thursday, October 07, 2010

hairst sinlicht -
beasties an stour
daunce in a leam

autumn sunlight -
insects and dust
dance in a beam

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

swans gaither
...bit the day the bodach
maits the wirms

swans gather
...but today the old man
feeds the worms

Saturday, October 02, 2010

eller berries -
bleck een
atween the leaves

elder berries -
beady eyes
between the leaves

Thursday, September 30, 2010

hairst -
the skep's putt
gaein cannie

autumn -
the beehive's pulse
slowing down

Saturday, September 25, 2010

chessie shall -
the duntit bed
whaur the conker liggit

chestnut shell -
the dented bed
where the nut lay

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

hern i the weet -
a fireflaucht glent
... wammlin troot

heron in the rain -
a lightning flash
... wriggling trout

Sunday, September 19, 2010

pheelosophie cless -
ootby the winnock
a monkey-puzzle tree

philosophy class -
outside the window
a monkey-puzzle tree

Saturday, September 18, 2010

hairst wund -
the owerturnin leaves
o the gospel

autumn wind -
the turning leaves
of the gospel

(The Pope's Mass in Scotland 2010)

Friday, September 17, 2010

hairst -
the maister spreids's
orange hap

autumn -
the master spreads his
orange robe

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

her alsatian
chattles ma fingers:
prees the dree

her alsatian
nibbles my fingers:
tastes the fear

Sunday, September 12, 2010

mornin haar -
atween the treen
attercap's ghaistly brig

morning mist -
between the trees
spider's ghostly bridge

Monday, September 06, 2010

i the perk
craws pikein faw'n aipples
...cooried junkies

in the park
crows spiking fallen apples
...huddled junkies

Friday, September 03, 2010

haud by
i thair fedder boatties

pass by
in their feather boats

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

auld freen -
oor banes bairge

old friend -
embracing him
our bones collide

Saturday, August 28, 2010

his neb
tint in's baird -
een blae eggs in a nest

his face
lost in his beard -
eyes blue eggs in a nest

Friday, August 27, 2010

ower the palin
ma neebor's sinflooer
...freenly neb

over the fence
my neighbour's sunflower
...friendly face

Sunday, August 22, 2010

festival rackets -

festival fireworks -

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

a tattie-bogle -
maggies reivin the plooms

a scarecrow -
magpies stealing the plums

Saturday, August 14, 2010

furst o oor
hamelt aipples:
oor nebs thrawn

first of our
home-grown apples:
our faces contorted

Friday, August 13, 2010

midnicht -
sirius thrabbin
a dug yowlin

midnight -
sirius pulsing
a dog barking

Thursday, August 12, 2010

tiggin's kist -
i the derk wuid
luvin een

touching his coffin -
in the dark wood
loving eyes

Friday, August 06, 2010

the scriddan
gudgin-oot the cleuch -
a butterie jigs throuch

the torrent
gouging-out the gorge -
a butterfly dances through

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

kirkyaird crucifix -
in Christ's oxter,a wab:
flees speldert

churchyard crucifix -
in Christ's armpit,a web:
flies spreadeagled
o cou-bells:
flees yokin in

of cow-bells:
flies attacking

Thursday, July 29, 2010

whit's in the kail?
...mongolian een

what's in the soup?
...mongolian eyes

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

aw wunter mellin
this douceness

all winter concocting
this sweetness

Monday, July 26, 2010

fou muin -
the maister
maks a perfit circle

full moon -
the master
makes a perfect circle

Saturday, July 24, 2010

day-daw -
the peerie
reid rooster

dawn -
the little
red rooster

Thursday, July 22, 2010

i the flesher's shoppie
a bowie o bluid
...roses fir's guidwife

in the butcher's shop
a bucket of blood
...roses for his wife

Monday, July 19, 2010

proggin fir the douceness:
the humminburd
...the luvers

probing for the sweetness:
the hummingbird
...the lovers

Thursday, July 15, 2010

circus in toon -
the hallion
pits on's neb

circus in town -
the clown
puts on his face

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

a cran
soops the cornfield
...sheddae o a heuck

a swift
sweeps the cornfield
...shadow of a sickle

Sunday, July 11, 2010

mornin tirl
tinglin the wund-bell -
the maister faws quate

morning breeze
tingling the wind-bell -
the master stops talking

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

throuch the backlans
...rispy saxyphone

through the ghetto
...raspy saxophone

Monday, July 05, 2010

neb tae neb:
fite hert

beak to beak:
white heart
the peerie dug
feshin-in the weet

the little dog
fetching-in the rain

Thursday, July 01, 2010

bibbles on the burn
or the burn bibblin? -
weet mornin Koan

bubbles on the stream
or the stream bubbling? -
wet morning Koan

Monday, June 28, 2010

sundoon -
a reid snuid
in'r herr

sunset -
a red ribbon
in her hair
auld actor
a heid fou o vices
...wunners whilk yin's heez

old thespian
a head full of voices
...wonders which one's his

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

on heich brandering
brickies -
sin amang thair yalla helmets

on high scaffolding
bricklayers -
sun among their yellow helmets
in ma faither's bunnet:
springheid o drames

in my father's hat:
source of dreams

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

clints washt
intae the burn:
cheengin'ts tune

rocks washed
into the stream:
changing its melody
solstice -
the muin wytein on
the day tae en

solstice -
the moon waiting
for the day to end

Saturday, June 19, 2010

scuil sports -
crans, swith
amang the childers' feet

sports day -
swifts, swift
among the childrens' feet

Thursday, June 17, 2010

in a net o sheddaes

in a net of shadows

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

deid sodgers hame-comin -
o broozilt flooers

dead soldiers returning -
of crushed flowers

(Wooton Basset:Wiltshire)

Monday, June 14, 2010

jowin the bell
the nun's airms heave an faw
...angel weengs

ringing the bell
the nun's arms rise and fall
...angel wings

Sunday, June 13, 2010

on the zendo's
sheenin flair
bygaun cluds

on the zendo's
polished floor
passing clouds

(mainichi daily news)

Thursday, June 10, 2010

day-daw -
a maw tilts;
sheens licht intae ma chaumer

dawn -
a gull tilts;
shines light into my room

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

frae'r peerie hoose
aye the fleetchin -
thrang blue bonnet

from her tiny house
constant pleading -
busy blue tit

Sunday, June 06, 2010

weet nicht -
o the leaves

wet night -
of the leaves

Saturday, June 05, 2010

the irish bard's
ripplin souch -
a cailleach wyvein

the irish poet's
purling language -
an old lady knitting

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

waddin day -
a butterie fidderin
throuch thair sheddaes' herts

wedding day -
a butterfly fluttering
through their shadows' hearts
gean flourish
fawin aboot the gangrel
...colourfou clouts

cherry blossom
falling about the tramp
...colourful rags
the auld dorbie
smoorit wi lairstane stour

the old mason
covered with gravestone dust

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

wi's razzor
he pynts tae the fou muin -
his sowpied neb

with his razor
he points to the full moon -
his lathered face

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

gean flourishins -
tae myndins

cherry blossoms -
to memories

Monday, May 24, 2010

amang the wrack o's hame:

dead amongst
the ruins of his home:

Sunday, May 23, 2010

takkin ma pictur -
bleck on the burn

taking my picture -
monochrome on the stream
sax - fit sheddaes:
faither's aipple seeds

six-foot shadows:
father's apple seeds

Friday, May 21, 2010

cuppin a haunfou
o muntain burn -
preein cluds

cupping a handful
of mountain stream -
tasting clouds
time fir Kirk -
the priest's collie

time for Church -
the priest's sheepdog
scartin the hazelraw
findin ilk scrieve -
grannie's lairstane

scratching the lichen
tracing each letter -
grandmother's headstone

Saturday, May 15, 2010

i the cannle-licht
Christ's bouk

in the candle-light
Christ's body

(Ascension Thursday)

Thursday, May 13, 2010

ower breid -
maws ill-tungit

over bread -
gulls cursing

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

the treeple o weet -
merchin oot

the drum of rain -
marching out

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

bawdrons' een
aneath a fou muin

cat's eyes
beneath a full moon
throuch the wuid's
green licht
the waff o sawins

through the forest's
green light
the smell of sawdust

Monday, May 10, 2010

bleckie's neb
voar weet

blackbird's beak
spring rain

Sunday, May 09, 2010

voar weet -
brattlin o cheers
frae the plainstanes cafe

spring rain -
clattering of chairs
from the pavement cafe

(first place Sketchbook kukai)

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

wizzent burn
fite banes

dried-up stream
white bones

Monday, May 03, 2010

tummlin frae the tree
gean flourish

tumbling from the tree
cherry blossom

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

happit in a sloom -
panderin muin

wrapped in sleep -
drifting moon

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

thrang amang's branderin
...craw reddin rice

busy amongst his tubes
...crow arranging twigs

Monday, April 26, 2010

magnolia tree
throuch the winnock

magnolia tree
through the window

Sunday, April 25, 2010

draigon-fleein -
faither hauds's laddie's

kite-flying -
father holds his son's

(2nd place Caribbean kukai #12)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

tai chi
aneath the treen -
the hern hings on yin tram

tai chi
beneath the trees -
the heron balances on one leg

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

wark sang:
bummers souch
throuch the gairden

work song:
bees drone
through the garden

Saturday, April 17, 2010

the hameless wifie
trauchles -
pokes fou o wund

the homeless lady
trudges -
bags full of wind

Friday, April 16, 2010

deid tod -
wund herps
throuch its banes

dead fox -
wind harps
through its bones
o the turtles soomin -
monks' bauldie-heids

the turtles swimming -
monks' bald heads

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

twa eggs:
swans fir anither makar

beneath her,
two eggs:
swans for another poet

Monday, April 12, 2010

gean flourish -
pluffs o braith
oan the mornin err

cherry blossom -
puffs of breath
on the morning air

Saturday, April 10, 2010

the bodach
cuiterin's hingower -
pikie sheddaes on the burn

the old man
nursing his hangover -
jagged shadows on the stream

Friday, April 09, 2010

fankilt agin the lozen:
bummer's feem
fous the chaumer

trapped against the pane:
bee's anger
fills the room

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

agin a blae back-drap -
yin clud
ackin monie pairts

against a blue back-drop -
one cloud
acting many parts

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

cluds stourin -
the auld collie

clouds racing -
the old sheepdog

Thursday, April 01, 2010

i the burn
...pirlin banjo

in the stream
...rippling banjo

Monday, March 29, 2010

crippilt bairn hauds's
palm-corse tae the licht
...hings on'ts sheddae

crippled child holds his
palm-cross to the light
...hangs on its shadow

(Palm Sunday)
a peerie shaw -
weet an birks
souchin thegither

a tiny grove -
rain and birches
singing together
furst gean flourish -
blate straiks
o reid

first cherry blossom -
shy streaks
of red

Thursday, March 25, 2010

the dentist's gairden
thirlin -
ruits o the auld aik

the dentist's garden
quivering -
roots of the old oak

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

dreich mornin
bit fir a joug o blitheness:

depressing morning
but for a jug of joy:

Sunday, March 21, 2010

on ma broo
the priest's snell thoum

on my forehead
the priest's cold thumb

(winner Caribbean Kukai #11)

Friday, March 19, 2010

mairch wunds
the bodach

march winds
the old man

Thursday, March 18, 2010

i thair burkas
roon the cosmetic coonter

in their burkas
round the cosmetic counter

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

labster fishers
argie-bargie -
a poke o cleuks

lobster fishermen
arguing -
a bag of claws

Monday, March 15, 2010

forleetit scuil -
voar flooers'
shooglin nebs

derelict school -
spring flowers'
jostling faces

Sunday, March 14, 2010

throuch the winnock
fouin a bleck bra

through the window
filling a black bra

Thursday, March 11, 2010

bawdrons dernin -
amang the snawdraps
yin siller bell

cat hiding -
among the snowdrops
one siver bell

Monday, March 08, 2010

throuch palm leaves:
the sin
in sclices

through palm leaves:
the sun
in slices
bi the herbour:
beached baits
fush oot o watter

by the harbour:
beached boats
fish out of water

Sunday, March 07, 2010

ootby the bulraing
o hamburger

outside the bullring
of hamburger

Friday, March 05, 2010

she greets
mizzlin snawman

she weeps
her melting snowman

Thursday, March 04, 2010

mizzlin snaw -
the burn slawly
sclims the hern's shanks

melting snow -
the stream slowly
climbs the heron's legs

(winner Sketchbook kukai: melting snow)

Thursday, February 25, 2010

blue bonnet tinglin
the wund-bells:
his refleckshun

blue tit tinkling
the wind-bells:
his reflection

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

voar sin -
jeelt articles

spring sun -
frozen things

Monday, February 22, 2010

skimmer -
strinkilt muinlicht

glitter -
scattered moonlight
sabbath bells -
bairns stour
fir the ice-cream van

sunday bells -
children race
for the ice-cream van

Thursday, February 18, 2010

bi the watterside:
sumyin's braith
hauden in a yalla balloon

by the riverside:
someone's breath
held in a yellow balloon
daffin pikes
win forrit

daffodil spears

Friday, February 12, 2010

in a roond o nirls:
the bairn

in a circle of crumbs:
the child

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

bygaun parawd -
Miss Voar
wi'r green fingernails

passing parade -
Miss Spring
with her green fingernails

Monday, February 08, 2010

it the uncos:
a page o blaest blues

at the news:
a page of bluest blues

(for Hortensia)

Friday, February 05, 2010

humphed tattie-bogle
syne sappie daundie:
hern the muckle guiser

hunched ragamuffin
then sleek dandy:
heron the great mummer

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

anither onfaw -
reid rab's peerie leam

another snowfall -
the robin's tiny glow

Monday, February 01, 2010

the drumlie lassie's
oorie skirls -
petals trummle i the vause

the troubled girl's
chilling screams -
petals tremble in the vase

Saturday, January 30, 2010

she cycles by
her wheels aglister -
sin an muin i the lift

she cycles past
her wheels aglitter -
sun and moon in the sky

Thursday, January 28, 2010

fou muin
at the winnock -
the bairn sooks'r mulk

full moon
at the window -
the child sucks her milk

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

the pallbearers:
nae scrum
sae tichtly bund

the pallbearers:
no scrum
so tightly bound

(for Bill McLaren 1923-2010
rugby commentator and Gentleman)

Monday, January 25, 2010

at the winnock:
craw spreids a weeng
o derk pens

at the window:
crow spreads a wing
of dark quills

Sunday, January 24, 2010

bowlie tae the licht -
the crippilt laddie reflecks

bent to the light -
the crippled boy ponders

Friday, January 22, 2010

peerie dub
tae the heivens

tiny puddle
to the heavens

Thursday, January 21, 2010

a fund key -
a nock
braks's lown

a found key -
a clock
breaks his silence

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

a dowie tooter -
new orleans kens

a sad cornet -
new orleans knows

Sunday, January 17, 2010

burn in spate -
a reid baw boabbin
airtin fir sundoon

flooded stream -
a red ball bobbing
heading for sunset

Friday, January 15, 2010

wheelchair bund
she flees'r draigon -
her sowl toves

wheelchair bound
she flies her kite -
her soul soars

Thursday, January 14, 2010

snaw-shuils scartin
thrawin sidelins the hap

snow-shovels scraping
throwing aside the blanket

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

burds craik -
platches o green
throuch the snaw

birds clamour -
patches of green
through the snow

Friday, January 08, 2010

peerie fite dug
tint i the snaw
...follaein a yalla steid

little white dog
lost in the snow
...following a yellow trail

Thursday, January 07, 2010

wunter -
lang eeshogel

winter -
long icicle

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

towsy dug
baird fou o snaw -
gye lik masel

shaggy dog
beard full of snow -
very like myself
wunterscape -
oan a fite cannas
inker-bleck treen

winterscape -
on a white canvas
ink-black trees

Monday, January 04, 2010

spyog-prents athort the snaw -
towmond o the teeger

new year's day
paw-prints across the snow -
year of the tiger

Saturday, January 02, 2010

in the ingle agane
bricht lowes

in the hearth again
bright flames

(Mainichi Daily News)