Friday, December 30, 2016

ceilidh  -
on siller streengs
attercap polkas

barn dance  -
on silver strings
spider polkas
hairst leaves:
wunter midden bree  -
ruits bidin thair retour

autumn leaves:
winter mulch  -
roots await their return
fou muin  -
claucht in'ts heidlichts

full moon  -
caught in its headlights

(Mainichi daily news)

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

...ettlin tae pit ower
her drame leid

...trying to translate
her dream language

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

efter the blowster
the sea souchin
it ma feet

after the storm
the sea sighing
at my feet

Saturday, December 24, 2016

crescent muin  -
bygane cluds
garrin it smirk

crescent moon  -
passing clouds
making it smile
Yule e'en  -
a hameless an's dug
wairmer ilk ither

Christmas eve  -
a homeless and his dog
warming each other

Thursday, December 22, 2016

she dovers
unner a crescent muin  -
Yule roon the cunyie

she sleeps
under a crescent moon  -
Christmas round the corner

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

kinetic airt...
the burds

kinetic art...
the birds

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

whaur'r yer flooers
...bobs fir the deid

where are your flowers
...bunches for the dead
maws skirl
ower brock  -
reid rab hunkers in's brawness

gulls shriek
over scraps  -
a robin sits in his elegance
Yule lichts
turnt on  -
here, rodden berries hing

Christmas lights
switched on  -
here, rowan berries hang

Monday, December 19, 2016

an a reuk  -
sican ill-colourt day

and a rook  -
such a colourless day

Thursday, December 15, 2016

arthritis  -
she sneds the tae-nails
he cannae rax tae

arthritis  -
she cuts the toe-nails
he can't reach

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

geese win awa  -
deuks soom
makkin thair ain v's

geese leave  -
ducks swim
creating their own v's

Monday, December 12, 2016

reid rab
...peerie sperk

a robin
...little spark
Yule caird
frae the Haly Lan  -
thay hae colourt the snaw reid

Christmas card
from the Holy Land  -
they've coloured the snow red

Sunday, December 11, 2016

danderin awa
frae yit anither

walking away
from yet another

Saturday, December 10, 2016

quattin the kirk  -
a sea
o fite heids

leaving church  -
a sea
of white heads

Sunday, December 04, 2016

on the pikit weir
woo'n wund

on the barbed-wire
wool and wind
wran keeks oot
frae the rowan berries
...her dreidlock beads

wren peeps out
from the rowan berries
...her dreadlock beads

Saturday, December 03, 2016

i the burn's derk
derker sheddaes

in the stream's
dark mirror
darker shadows

Friday, December 02, 2016

ahint the birk
...bonnie brooch

behind the birch
...beautiful brooch

Monday, November 28, 2016

fleetin on the burn
watter maisic

floating on the stream
water music

Friday, November 25, 2016

anither burthday  -
blaws oot the caunles fir me

another birthday  -
blows out the candles for me

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

fush mercat argie-bargie  -
maw juist gants
it it aw

fish market haggling  -
gull just yawns
at it all

Monday, November 21, 2016

granfaither's hoose  -
teirin wa'paper
findin an antrin leid

grandfather's house  -
stripping wallpaper
finding a strange language

Saturday, November 19, 2016

freesty mornin  -
blaws on's fingers

frosty morning  -
blows on his fingers

Sunday, November 13, 2016

souch throuch
the abbey ruinage

breeze through
the abbey ruins

Saturday, November 12, 2016

auld bull meditatin  -
on's pisle

old bull meditating  -
on his lingam

Friday, November 11, 2016

armistice day  -
leaves fawin
i thair millions

armistice day  -
leaves falling
in their millions

Monday, November 07, 2016

fift o november  -
ghastie nebs fleet
abuin the sperklers

fIfth of november  -
spooky faces float
above the sparklers

Friday, November 04, 2016

a deid bawdrons
amang the leaves
...curlt up

a dead cat
among the leaves
...curled up
flegs me
wi ma sheddae

frightens me
with my shadow

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

rawin fir farin
...a craw Jynes thaim

queuing for food
...a crow joins them

Monday, October 31, 2016

hallae e'en  -
rackets smuir oot
the sterns

halloween  -
fireworks blot out
the stars

Friday, October 28, 2016

i the burn
the monie-colourt clints
o hairst

in the stream
the multicoloured rocks
of autumn

Thursday, October 27, 2016

on the boolin green
craws'r stoorin efter
a maw

on the bowling green
crows are chasing
a gull

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

hairst  -
coalie-back on the wund

autumn  -
piggy-back on the wind
on a cloody day
yin straik o blae

on a cloudy day
one streak of blue

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

weet thrabs
on the chackert plainstanes
...faw'n leaves

rain beats
on the chequered pavement
...fallen leaves

Monday, October 24, 2016

on the weet causey  -
a wirm
streekin randy lik

on the wet street  -
a worm
stretching sexily

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

bomb site
the croonin flees

bomb site
the singing flies

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Aleppo clappit  -
ma neebour
girns ower a bummer steeng

Aleppo flattened  -
my neighbour whines
over a bee sting

Monday, October 17, 2016

hallae e'en  -
pumpkin bree the day
pumpkin bree the morn

halloween  -
pumpkin soup today
pumpkin soup tomorrow

Thursday, October 13, 2016

weet  -
bummer howffin i
the fuchsia's bouet

rain  -
bee sheltering in
the fuchsia's lantern
babbie's furst staps  -
skwurrel's tentie
bobbin on a bled-bridth

baby's first steps  -
squirrel watches
rocking on a knife-edge

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

i the winnock
...baith o's dwynin

in the window
...both of us waning

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

weemen-fowk skirlin  -
bawdrons amangst thair legs
...silky fur

ladies squealing  -
cat amongst their legs
...silky fur

Sunday, October 02, 2016

an the abbot
...juist fund ilk ither yin day

and the abbot
...just found each other one day

Saturday, October 01, 2016

hairst dander  -
the creck
o faw'n conkers

autumn stroll  -
the crack
of fallen chestnuts

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

ceetie o stane  -
its dorbies gane langsyne
...gane frae stoor tae stoor

city of stone  -
its masons gone long since
...gone from dust to dust

Sunday, September 25, 2016

altar laddie  -
neist tae the caunle
his fissog blinters

altar boy  -
next to the candle
his face flickers

Thursday, September 22, 2016

hairst  -
the maukie
juist gies up

autumn  -
the bluebottle
just gives up

a furst reid rab
touselt  -
as efter a lang sloum

a first robin
dishevelled  -
as after a long sleep

Monday, September 19, 2016

she raxes
fir an aipple
...the yin narest the muin

she reaches
for an apple
...the one nearest the moon

Saturday, September 17, 2016

muin leukin
... sookin
a pandrap

moon gazing
a pandrop

Friday, September 16, 2016

Indian simmer  -
bummers hae sookit
ma pen dry

Indian summer  -
bees have sucked
my pen dry

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

aneath the buddleia
...pairt o the dirrin queir

beneath the buddleia
...part of the humming choir

Monday, September 12, 2016

,...wi een
as tho aboot tae greit:

...with eyes
as though about to cry:
cluds jeegsawin
roon the muin
...kelterin wi a koan

clouds jigsawing
round the moon
...struggling with a koan
a lane tree
i the backlands
...burds chirmin juist as doucely

a lone tree
in the ghetto
...birds singing just as sweetly

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

sweet peas
the jyle palin

sweet peas
the prison fence

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

i the doctor's surgery
a paulm tree

in the doctor's surgery
a palm tree
creepin eevy
whalms the gairden
...its begowkin flooer

morning glory
engulfs the garden
...its beguiling flower

Friday, September 02, 2016

rottan saunts
throuch a bore i the palin's tail taks langer

rat disappears
through a hole in the fence's tail takes longer

Thursday, September 01, 2016

fou o life  -
on the souch

full of life  -
on the breeze

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

hairst souch  -
anither year bygaun
...runkles on the burn

autumn breeze  -
another year passing by
...wrinkles on the stream

whit's yir eerant
...rinnin mangst ma feet

what's your message
...running amongst my feet

Friday, August 26, 2016

aneath the aipple tree
cider tinnies

beneath the apple tree
cider cans

Thursday, August 25, 2016

hairst  -
a furst leaf

autumn  -
a first leaf
a hearse staps
tae lat me corss  -
charon smirks it me

a hearse stops
to let me cross  -
charon smiles at me

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

flee droonin
i ma bicker
...ambulance siren!

fly drowning
in my tea-cup
...ambulance siren!

Monday, August 22, 2016

on the leaves
...weein naethin

on the leaves
...weighing nothing

back tae schuil  -
i the playgrun

back to school  -
in the playground

craw jooks  -
plane seeds
helicopterin doon

crow ducks  -
sycamore seeds
helicoptering down

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

festival  -
a fou muin
claucht amang the rackets

festival  -
a full moon
caught among the fireworks

Monday, August 15, 2016

bummer heids hame
his hinny creels

bee heads home
his pollen baskets
bummer bidein fir
the mornin glore tae apen
...auld drouthy

bee waiting for
the morning glory to open
...old wino
fou agane  -
his omelette
fou o eggshalls

drunk again  -
his omelette
full of eggshells

Friday, August 12, 2016

dorbies croon
as the wa hoves
....Ray Charles it the pianny

stone-masons sing
as the wall rises
...Ray Charles at the piano

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

craw's stabbit
a straeberry
...cloun's reid neb

crow's spiked
a strawberry
...clown's red nose

abuin the tennis coort
a fun muin

above the tennis court
a full moon

Friday, August 05, 2016

lowsin the bummer  -
his panshite
cuilin ma haun

freeing the bee -
his panic
cooling my hand

Thursday, August 04, 2016

treen mak a
derk dub o the burn
...cluds ower the ceetie

trees make a
dark pool of the stream
...clouds over the city

Monday, August 01, 2016

dung doon larach  -
a buddleia
sic douceness frae ruinage

derelict site  -
a buddleia
...such sweetness from ruins

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

treen merkit wi an X  -
neist year
nae freenly shed

trees marked with an X  -
next year
no friendly shade

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

craw risps
an edge tae the mornin  -
the jakie glowers

crow rasps
an edge to the morning  -
the wino glares

Monday, July 25, 2016

throuch the auld hoose  -
ghaists appenin doors  

through the old house  -
ghosts opening doors

Saturday, July 16, 2016

a reid tash spreidin  -
his drapt jaur
o ladylanders

a red stain spreading  -
his dropped jar
of ladybirds

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

they pynt tae a stern:
her deid dug  -
whilk stern wull they pick fir me?

they point to a star:
her dead dog  -
which star will they choose for me?

Sunday, July 10, 2016

auld tarry-breeks
in's shooglin cherr
myndin the ocean

old sailor
in his rocking chair
remembering the ocean

Friday, July 08, 2016

days o weet  -
on the muive

days of rain  -
on the move
youthie craw
greitin fir mait  -
reid o's craig

young crow
crying for food  -
red of his throat

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

pluffin thayr e-fags be draigons!

puffing their e-cigarettes be dragons!

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

jyner's fooneral  -
a life cleedin timmer
the day timmer cleeds him

joiner's funeral  -
a life dressing timber
today timber dresses him

Saturday, July 02, 2016

nebbin a stieve souch
they aye heeld forrit memorial

facing a stiff breeze
they still lean forward
...war memorial

Friday, July 01, 2016

in french perks
thrissels growe
...seeds frae hame

in french fields
thistles grow
...seeds from home


Monday, June 27, 2016

eenin dander  -
soond o
runchin snails

evening stroll  -
sound of
crunching snails

Saturday, June 25, 2016

nems aye thair
on the tree  -
the hert swallin

initials still there
on the tree  -
the heart swelling

Monday, June 20, 2016

schuil sports-day  -
the swith o fuit
ootrinnin the weet

school sports-day  -
the fleet of foot
outrunning the rain

Sunday, June 19, 2016

faither's day  -
yin hunkers on the plainstanes
weet fouin's Tassie

father's day  -
one sits on the pavement
rain filling his cup
bygaun the  winnock
a fou muin peeps in

passing the window
a full moon peers in

Saturday, June 18, 2016

slidderin athort
the ice-rink winnock  -

sliding across
the ice-rink window  -

Thursday, June 16, 2016

happin'm in's
Kirstenin mantie
...cumulus cluds

wrapping him
in his Christening shawl
...cumulus clouds
juist anither fursday  -
weet stapt, burds chirmin,
a life-hauder turnt aff

just another thursday  -
rain stopped, birds singing,
a life-support switched off

oot frae a snawy perk
a hauflin
...baird trim

out from a snowy field
a youth
...beard trim

Saturday, June 11, 2016

sic dafferie!
sic sport!
...bluid on the causey

such fun!
such sport!
...blood on the street

(Euro 2016)

Thursday, June 09, 2016

ettlin tae cleek
the bairnie
...efter a butterie

trying to catch
the toddler
...chasing a butterfly

Friday, June 03, 2016

on the bink
a babbie's dummy  -
roon the bink fag-ens

on the bench
a baby's pacifier  -
round the bench cigarette-ends

mercat day
generations bairge  -
grandad's wheelchair, babbie's pram

market day
generations collide  -
grandad's wheelchair, baby's pram

Thursday, June 02, 2016

the brewery lum's reek

the brewery chimney's smoke

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

the down's syndrome laddie
it the bodach's bool fit

the down's syndrome boy
at the old man's club foot
a cailleach cried Mary
her bairn streekit on'r laup memorial

an old lady called Mary
her child stretched on her lap
...war memorial
haiku stravaig  -
the  suddent comma
o a deid moose's tail

ginko  -
the sudden comma
of a dead mouse's tail
they rair'n cheer
the militar err shaw  -
naebodie taks tent o the crans

they roar and cheer
the military air show  -
nobody notices the swifts

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

a raw o nursery bairns
it a raw o deuklins

a line of nursery children
at a line of ducklings

Monday, May 23, 2016

the gean tree
a pink-spreckelt craw

the cherry tree
a pink-speckled crow

Saturday, May 21, 2016

lanely laddie  -
his threepins
carriet on the wund

lonely boy  -
his conversations
carried on the wind
on the burn  -
a traffic jam
o gean floorish

on the stream  -
a traffic jam
of cherry blossom

Thursday, May 19, 2016

choir practeese
a smidgin aff-key  -
the blin lassie's dug leuks up

choir practice
a little off-key  -
the blind girl's dog looks up

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

voar tirl  -
gean flourish's
glamouris cairpet

spring breeze  -
cherry blossom's
magic carpet

graith an burds
skirlin  -
snowk o upturnt yirth

machines and birds
screeching  -
smell of upturned earth

Monday, May 16, 2016

babbie mappie  -
in's baggit een...
the warl

baby rabbit  -
in his bulging eyes...
the world

Thursday, May 12, 2016

wizzent heids bou'd  -
anither voar sert

shrunken heads bowed  -
another spring served

Monday, May 09, 2016

furst deuklins
zigzaggin  -
the runt's wud peddlin

first ducklings
zigzagging  -
the runt's frantic pedaling

Sunday, May 08, 2016

peerie aipple tree
raxin tae beir  fruit  -
och! the makar's life

little apple tree
struggling to bear fruit  -
ah! the poet's life

hoose o the deid bairn  -
sumyin's left
a cheen o gowns

house of the dead child  -
someone's left
a daisy-chain

Friday, May 06, 2016

votin day  -
speuggies scash
it the burdbrod

election day  -
sparrows squabble
at the birdtable

Saturday, April 30, 2016

on the daffin perks  -
samen sin
on the perks o slauchter

on the playing fields  -
same sun
on the killing fields

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

follaein snail's pad
cums deezie

following snail's trail
becomes dizzy
fou muin  -
aipple flourish

full moon  -
apple blossom

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

siller runes  -
tells o muinlicht

silver runes  -
tales of moonlight

Sunday, April 10, 2016

auld grewhoond
tentie o the mappies  -
his dowie een

old greyhound
watching the rabbits  -
his sad eyes

Friday, April 08, 2016

he feeds's fruit treen
bluid'n bane
...reid reid aipples

he feeds his fruit trees
blood and bone red apples

Monday, April 04, 2016

hunkert it the door
o's hedge tenement  -
eenin speuggie

sitting at the door
of his hedge tenement  -
evening sparrow

Saturday, April 02, 2016

throuch the brainches  -
maggie the pierrot

through the branches  -
magpie the pierrot

Monday, March 28, 2016

Pace paraud
throuch the daffins
...lichtit caunles

Easter procession
through the daffodils
...lighted candles

Saturday, March 26, 2016

fou muin  -

full moon  -

Friday, March 25, 2016

throuch the derk wuid  -
lichtin a peth

through the dark wood  -
lighting a path

Thursday, March 24, 2016

it houghmagandie  -
tulips git a reidie

mating  -
tulips start to blush

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

he flees amang cluds an aw  -
i the burn

he too flies among clouds  -
in the stream

Monday, March 21, 2016

fou muin  -
a new granbairn

full moon  -
a new grandchild

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

bi the lochside
swans gaither
...craigs threidin Celtic fankles

by the lochside
swans gather
...necks threading Celtic knots

Monday, March 14, 2016

bygaun thayr tuim hoose  -
her peerie pree
aye on the lozen

passing their empty house  -
her tiny kiss
still on the pane

Sunday, March 13, 2016

voar buds
raxin throuch
...a granbairn aboot tae be

spring buds
pushing through
...a grandchild about to be

Saturday, March 12, 2016

aw day fellin treen -
a nicht
o monie muins

all day felling trees  -
a night
of many moons

Friday, March 04, 2016

bumbazed  -
the Manhattan skyline
tackit tae the muin

amazed  -
the Manhattan skyline
tacked to the moon

Monday, February 29, 2016

bings o sawins
alang the watterside

piles of sawdust
along the riverside

Saturday, February 27, 2016

foggies' kettle  -
the priest
wullnae gie ower croonin

pensioners' picnic  -
the priest
won't stop singing

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

fou lenten muin  -
efter the nicht

full lenten moon  -
after tonight

Monday, February 15, 2016

neb tae the bowlie
she speers:
whit'r the gowdfush threepin?

nose to the bowl
she asks:
what are the goldfish saying?

Thursday, February 11, 2016

i the ceetie's ruinage
a stoundin heart  -

in the city's ruins
a beating heart  -

Thursday, February 04, 2016

feshin-in sinsheen
tae the chaumer  -
bowlie o dafffins

fetching-in sunshine
to the room  -
bowl of daffodils

Saturday, January 30, 2016

furst snawfaw
i the gairden
blate snawdraps

first snowfall
in the garden
shy snowdrops

granny's shoogler
heich on the cairt

grandmother's rocking-chair
high on the cart

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

the weet's devault  -
nakit brainches skimmer
wi new flourish

the rain's stopped  -
naked branches shimmer
with new blossom

Monday, January 25, 2016

his auld dug's deid  -
aye invade the hoose

his old dog's dead  -
still invade the house

Sunday, January 24, 2016

beikin'r hauns
it the ingle

warming her hands
at the fireside

Sunday, January 17, 2016

the blin laddie  -
fowerty-year on aye
findin the truist in's haun

the blind boy  -
forty-years on still
feeling the trust in his hand

Monday, January 11, 2016

onding  -
ilk day the burn
fuspers a pickle looder

downpour  -
each day the stream
whispers a little louder
UNCOS: weir! weir!  -
a bleckie brustin wi sang

NEWS: war! war!  -
a blackbird bursting with song

Monday, January 04, 2016

a michtie megiphone  -
frae the tub

a mighty megaphone  -
from the bath

Saturday, January 02, 2016

hogmanay bangers  -
in thair new hame refugee
bairns wauken skirlin

new year fireworks  -
in their new  home refugee
children waken screaming