Tuesday, March 31, 2015

yin haun he quat
in Helmand  -  wi the
ither he gaithers dowts

one hand he left
in Helmand  -  with the
other he gathers fag-ends

hurkle-bane surgery  -
on the wa
Degas' ballerinas

hip replacement surgery  -
on the wall
Degas' ballerinas
Swan Lake  -
she snuves athort
the widden watter

Swan Lake  -
she glides across
the wooden water
i the gairden
faither an bleckie

in the garden
father and blackbird

Thursday, March 19, 2015

dumpin's baw
heich the err
...day o an eclipse

kicking his ball
high in the air
...day of an eclipse

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

voar mornin  -
twa gowden retrievers
stoor towarts the sin

spring morning  -
two golden retrievers
race towards the sun

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

bress baund  -
voar concert

brass band  -
spring concert

Monday, March 16, 2015

ilka year aye
sterts wi a riddie  -
gean flourish

every year still
starts with a blush  -
cherry blossom
auld kipple
skin an bane
...hoose o attercaps

old couple
skin and bone
...house of spiders

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

we aw win awa
frae the lairside  -
aw bit a hingin gled

we all leave
the graveside  -
all but a hanging hawk

Monday, March 09, 2015

tuim gardevine  -
i the snawdraps the broozilt
ootline o luvers

empty wine-bottle  -
in the snowdrops the crushed
outline of lovers

Saturday, March 07, 2015

herrcut  -
a laddie
hauds forrit

haircut  -
a boy
steps forth

Friday, March 06, 2015

babbie apens an ee
a glisk a lift
whaur twa doos flee

baby opens an eye
I see a sky
where two pigeons fly
fou muin  -
a hameless chiel's ashet
slaikit clean

full moon  -
a homeless man's plate
licked clean

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

wund throuch
the refugee camp  -
orchestrae o banes

wind through
the refugee camp  -
orchestra of bones
fooneral Mass -
in the bicker
a deid flee

funeral Mass -
in the chalice
a dead fly

Monday, March 02, 2015

blue bonnets
yammer an taisle  -
time tae hing the nest-box

blue tits
chatter an tease  -
time to hang the nest-box

Sunday, March 01, 2015

the pipies
new bairn  -
reid plufft chafts

the piper's
new baby  -
red puffed cheeks