Sunday, December 30, 2012

the bairn
bletherin tae me -
brawer nor wurds

the baby
chatting to me -
better than words

Saturday, December 29, 2012

lichtin up space:
the super-nova

lighting up space:
the super-nova

Saturday, December 22, 2012

a scrieve hame
desert stoor

a letter home
desert dust

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

skwurrel's nits
...hameless an hungert

squirrel's nuts
...homeless and hungry

Monday, December 17, 2012

throuch the cosmos:
brattles shentin us

through the cosmos:
gunfire shaming us

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

gaitherin hally
beads o bluid

old lady
gathering holly
beads of blood

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

throuch a fite lanscape
the bleck burn o a wunter haiku

through a white landscape
the black stream of a winter haiku
furst Yule -
forenent the tree
her een chyngin colour

first Christmas -
in front of the tree
her eyes changing colour

Saturday, December 01, 2012

wund amang the sprots -
the cailleach
tellin'r beads

wind among the reeds -
the old lady
telling her beads
festival's en -
a lane pipie stauns
sax inch frae the muin

festival's end -
a lone piper stands
six inches from the moon
causies skimmer i the weet -
the hallion's neb
dreeps intae's bucket

cobbles glitter in the rain -
the clown's face
drips into his pail

Friday, November 30, 2012

nicht soonds
fauldit inby
the auld saxyphone

night sounds
at rest inside
the old saxophone

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

weet bates
on the leaves
hairst rags

rain beats
on the leaves
autumn rags
orrals o drames
powkin throuch

bits of dreams
poking through

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

the day's blethers

the day's gossip

Friday, November 09, 2012

scuil hoalidays -
granfaither an me
pishin aneath the muin

school holidays -
grandfather and I
pissing beneath the moon

Thursday, November 08, 2012

peat lowe -
we hunker, threy glowein nebs
goavin at a fowert

peat fire -
we sit, three glowing faces
gazing at a fourth

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

deid on the kirk steps
a maggie...
braw in's vestments

dead on the church steps
a magpie...
fine in his vestments

Saturday, November 03, 2012

readin Issa...
in a sinblink

reading Issa...
in a sunbeam

Thursday, November 01, 2012

hallowday -
fleggin the postie:
a left-ower bogle

All Saints' day -
frightening the postman:
a left-over ghost

Thursday, October 25, 2012

throuch the maple wuid
the lang reid peth
o hairst

through the maple wood
the long red path
of autumn

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

potter's hauns
wrochtin the tuimness
o's blae joogs

potter's hands
shaping the emptiness
of his blue jugs

Monday, October 22, 2012

lichtin up the scullery:
the pumpkin
bydein a neb

lighting up the kitchen:
the pumpkin
awaiting a face

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

fleedit causey -
throuch's hoose
reid maple leaves fleit

flooded street -
through his house
red maple leaves float

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

frae the brig:
clud sets
wrocht o watter

from the bridge:
cloud shapes
made of water

Monday, October 15, 2012

furst freest -
i the sin tentie
o the auld tree souchin

first frost -
in the sun watching
the old tree breathe

Saturday, October 13, 2012

leaves ruffin

leaves applauding

Thursday, October 04, 2012

mornin wirds -
the monastery bawdrons

morning prayers -
the monastery cat

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

aff tae weir -
laggin hait
in's mither's rosary

off to war -
lingering heat
in his mother's rosary

Saturday, September 22, 2012

peerie spule
back an fore
gien o'ts sel: attercap

tiny shuttle
back and forth
giving of itself: spider

Friday, September 21, 2012

amang the puppies
a furst reid rab
...a jalouse

among the poppies
a frst robin
...I think

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

circus in toon -
the lowe-chower's laddie
fair intae's candy-floss

circus in town -
the fire-eater's son
enjoying his candy-floss

Monday, September 17, 2012

day-daw -
mornin glories

dawn -
morning glories

Friday, September 07, 2012

newly come hame  - 
sheddaed in her een
a warl yit tae be neemit

new born  -
shadowed in her eyes
a world yet to be named

Sunday, September 02, 2012

'Jazz Record Seek'  -
tooters o nasturtium
swey i the gairden

'Jazz Record Requests'  -
trumpets of nasturtium
sway in the garden

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Daddy-long-legs i the wab
Weengs, trams, bouk, yin flet streek

crane fly in the web
sucked dry:
wings, legs, body, one flat line

Sunday, August 26, 2012

sindert heids
...a braw wreath

severed heads
...a fine wreath

Friday, August 24, 2012

the soun o laneliness:
whaup on the muir

the sound of loneliness:
curlew on the moor

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

muinless nicht -
i the derk watter
the mudge o sterns

moonless night  -
in the dark river
the movement of stars

curmurrin watter:
a makar takkin tent o
ilka day

murmuring river:
a poet listened to
every day

Monday, August 20, 2012

the aul gairdner
...wallant rose heids

the old gardener
...drooping rose heads

Saturday, August 18, 2012

maternity dept:
veesitin oor
pink an blae balloons jundie

maternity dept:
visiting hour
pink and blue balloons jostle

Thursday, August 09, 2012

babbie snail
fir'ts hame

baby snail
for its home

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

the auld scuil  -
natur glunshes the playgrun
binweed pikes the sneck

the old school  -
nature gobbles the playground
bindweed picks the lock

Thursday, August 02, 2012

graduation parawd  -
e'en the flooers
raxin thair craigs

graduation parade  -
even the flowers
craning their necks

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

weedin pish-the-beds  -
his fite heid
amang fite heids

weeding dandelions  -
his white head
amongst white heads

Monday, July 30, 2012

on ilka wa
the graffiti
o sodgers' sheddaes

on every wall
the graffiti
of soldiers' shadows

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

deid moose  -
yince sae blate
the day landlord tae unco fowk

dead mouse  -
once so shy
today host to strangers

Sunday, July 22, 2012

furst granbairn  -
crans wappin dosses
ower the hansel

first grandchild  -
swifts tying bows
over the gift
ablow the meypole
she breist-feeds'r bairn
...cosmic wab

below the maypole
she breast-feeds her child
...cosmic web

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

on the burn
a bricht wattergaw  -
fume o diesel

on the stream
a bright rainbow  -
smell of diesel

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

it the sushi coonter
sautit braze  -
myndin her tears

at the sushi counter
salted bream  -
remembering her tears
the ferm-wife's washin
stringit atween twa treen  -
braw bloomers

the farm-wife's washing
strung between two trees  -
fine bloomers
his bluid jinks
throuch the vennel's causies
...seelant syncopation

his blood zigzags
through the cobbled alley
...silent syncopation


Thursday, July 05, 2012

cowpin the rose
tae snowk  -
plowt o rainwatter

tipping the rose
to smell  -
cascade of rainwater

Saturday, June 30, 2012

rowed in sinlicht  -
naethin unforgien

wrapped in sunlight  -
nothing unforgiven

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

the aul chiel hirples alang  - 
the burn
dookin an heavin

the old man limps along  -
the stream
dipping and rising

Thursday, June 14, 2012

throuch the cluds  -
ox-ee gowan

through the clouds  -
ox-eye daisy

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

olympics  -
awready on the flagpole:

olympics  -
already on the flagpole:

Thursday, May 31, 2012

the watter slidders by  -
weet feshin oot
the creepy -crawlies

the river slithers by  -
rain bringing out
the creepy-crawlies

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

the burn

the stream

Friday, May 25, 2012

pish-the-beds  -
o sins an muins

dandelions  -
of suns and moons

Thursday, May 24, 2012

i the derkness
the puppieteer snites towes:
bairns lauch...greit

in the darkness
the puppeteer tweaks strings:
children laugh ...cry

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

fou muin...

full moon...
the blin chiel
screedin aff the braille
o's apened flooers

the blind man
reading the braille
of his opened flowers
in's gairden
the dozed sailboat
...he aye drames yit

in his garden
the rotting sailboat
...he still dreams on

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

maws skirlin
sey runchin shalls -
ma buik o shanties

gulls keening
sea grinding shells -
my book of shanties

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

on the altar
caunles lowe
...yalla roses

on the altar
candles flame
...yellow roses

Monday, May 14, 2012

throuch's lace hinger
ma neebor

through his lace curtain
my neighbour

Friday, May 11, 2012

watter in spate
tae tryst wi the lift...agane

swollen river
to meet with the sky...again

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

o the fooneral

of the funeral

Friday, May 04, 2012

frae the cosmic core
this peerie burd cheetlin

from the cosmic core
this tiny bird chirping

Monday, April 30, 2012

cancer  - 
his spaul bleds:
angels' weengs sprootin

cancer  -
his shoulder blades:
angels' wings sprouting

Friday, April 27, 2012

jeckit embryo  -
murtherin maggie

discarded embryo  -
murdering magpie

Thursday, April 26, 2012

a mornin
o pink dubs
alang gean-tree rod

a morning
of pink puddles 
along cherry-tree road

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

abuin kirkyaird brae
heavin, shiftin

above cemetery hill
rising, transforming

Saturday, April 14, 2012

gean orchard  -

cherry orchard  -

Friday, April 13, 2012

intae the mools
a rose  -
twa sonnets ower

into the grave
a rose  -
two stories ended

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

i the gairden
the gean tree

in the garden
the cherry tree

Sunday, April 08, 2012

fou muin  -
fite lowe
o the paschal caunle

full moon  -
white flame
of the paschal candle

Monday, April 02, 2012

intae the gairden
a gled  -
stramash o weengs

into the garden
a hawk  -
cacaphony of wings

Sunday, April 01, 2012

hoaspice flooers  -
thair sheddaes
sprauchlin nar

hospice flowers  -
their shadows
creeping closer

Saturday, March 31, 2012

suddent sherp wund  -
the daffins
skew awa

sudden sharp wind  -
the daffodils
turn away

Saturday, March 24, 2012

fitba i the perk  -
daffins an croci
prood i thair colours

football in the park  -
daffodils and croci
proud in their colours

Thursday, March 15, 2012

ma baurber
soops me doon
...aumond flourishins faw

my barber
brushes me down
...almond blossom falls

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

derk cluds  -
craws gang doon
on the burd-brod

dark clouds  -
crows descend
on the bird-table

Thursday, March 01, 2012

bride posin
bi the watterside  -  a swan
gaes intil the derk burn

bride posing
on the riverbank  -  a swan
enters the dark stream

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

voar' green nebs  -
we gaither roon
the bairn's furst scan pictur

spring's green tips  -
we gather round
baby's first scan picture

Monday, February 13, 2012

fou muin  -
doverin, her wyvin faws
rowes oot the door

full moon  -
dozing, her knitting falls
rolls out the door

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

a laddie wins awa  -
back i the gairden
a trummlin brainch

a son emigrates  -
back in the garden
a trembling branch

Monday, February 06, 2012

throuch brainches  -
the sin sneddin
sheddaes oot o the freest

through branches  -
the sun cutting
shadows out of the frost

Friday, February 03, 2012

fou muin  -
wunter treen streek oot
fleggin the bairns

full moon  -
winter trees stretch out
frightening the children

Thursday, February 02, 2012

in a hinmaist
leam o sinlicht
speuggie beeks hissel

in a last
ray of sunlight
sparrow warms himself

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

artic wunds  -
reid rab
wi's reid gravat

artic winds  -
with his red scarf

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Bethlehem bairns
daff at bools
glowert at throuch corsherrs

Bethlehem children
play marbles
watched through crosshairs

Sunday, January 08, 2012

fou muin  -
the blin chiel's crummock

full moon  -
the blind man's stick

Thursday, January 05, 2012

bi the blawn-doon
T.V. aerial
snail  -  his antenny proggin

by the blown-down
T.V. aerial
snail  -  his antenna probing