Monday, December 30, 2019

teuch tymes
teuch meisurs  -
reid lamplicht on'r herr

tough times
tough measures  -
red lamplight on her hair

Friday, December 27, 2019

faimily retour hame
tae fremmit lans
...a turn aff the Yule lichts

family return home
to foreign lands
...I turn off the Christmas lights

Thursday, December 19, 2019

postie hame frae wark  -
ahint the door Yule cairds
...his seelent skirl

postman home from work  -
behind the door Christmas cards
...his silent scream

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

hert dept.  -
Yule tree lichts

cardiac dept  -
Christmas tree lights

Friday, December 13, 2019

election posters

election posters

Thursday, December 12, 2019

hysts an sattles
hysts an sattles the mornin

lifts and settles
lifts and settles the morning

Monday, December 09, 2019

anither Yule tree  -
ilka thingum a myndin
...rosit clagginess

another Christmas tree  -
each bauble a memory
...resin stickiness

Friday, December 06, 2019

trains airtin northart
echa i the airch
he dovers unner

trains heading north
echo in the arch
he sleeps under

Monday, December 02, 2019

sea souch  -
sclimin the reegin
o a heich-strung net...wabster

sea breeze  -
climbing the rigging
of a high-strung net...spider
carnival nicht
airms fou o teddy-bears  -
sniper hame on leave

carnival night
arms full of teddy-bears  -
sniper home on leave

Thursday, November 21, 2019

doverin  -
her cadgin cup
hauden oot in a jeelt haun

asleep  -
her begging cup
held out in a frozen hand

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

reenges a crisp poke
...hern's sneist

searches a crisp packet
 ...heron's disdain

Thursday, November 14, 2019

up an doon
the wab threid
the sin's finger pizzicatos

up and down
the web's thread
the sun's finger pizzicatos

Friday, November 08, 2019

on the platform
eildit trainspotters
...stame poorin frae thayr mous

on the platform
aged trainspotters
...steam pouring from their mouths

Thursday, November 07, 2019

hairst leaves fawin  -
on a peerie lassie's heid
a croun

autumn leaves falling  -
on a little girl's head
a crown

Monday, October 28, 2019

freesty mornin 
jookin intae the greenhoose
...a haiku taks ruit

frosty morning 
nipping into the greenhouse
...a haiku takes root

Thursday, October 24, 2019

scushin leaves  -

shuffling leaves  -

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

armistice day
it the rugby cairn
...wull thae ken we touched doon?

armistice day
at the rugby memorial
...will they know we touched down?

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

the wund's added mair
tae the leafy jeegsaw

the wind's added more
to the leafy jigsaw

Friday, October 11, 2019

quatin the doctor's
a craw follaes me  -
does he ken sumthin?

leaving the doctor's
a crow follows me  -
does he know something?

Friday, October 04, 2019

stoorin alang the wa
...peerie hurdler

racing along the wall
...little hurdler

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

skrank craigs, bauldie-heidit  -
hairst-lik days
fir the pish-the-beds

skinny necks, bald-headed  -
autumnal days
for the dandelions

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

amang the leaves
chessies oot o thayr shall
...broon een

among the leaves
chestnuts out of their shell
...brown eyes
hairst  -
i the schuil playgrun
the bairgin o conkers

autumn  -
in the school playground
the collision of chestnuts

Monday, September 23, 2019

her heidstane
owersheddain his  -
sib haggle

her headstone
overshadowing his  -
sibling rivalry

Monday, September 16, 2019

waukrife nicht  -
the wastern wund
snocherin i the lum

sleepless night  -
the western wind
snoring in the chimney

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

unner the rodden tree
he expones
arters an clots

under the rowan tree
he explains
arteries and clots

Monday, September 09, 2019

weet  -
in seelent causeys
the scrinchin o snails

rain  -
in silent streets
the crunching of snails

Sunday, September 01, 2019

ma hoaspital marra  -
his waesome
muin neb

my hospital companion  -
his sad
moon face

sheenin i the derk  -
a stern faw'n
frae a git-weill cart

shining in the dark  -
a star fallen
from a get-well card

Thursday, August 29, 2019

derk thochts
this mornin
...twa craws

dark thoughts
this morning
...two crows

Thursday, August 22, 2019

auld trawlerman
his runkelt brou
...the ebbin tide

the old trawlerman
his wrinkled brow
...the ebbing ocean

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

efter the wullfire
amang the aises
...glowein puppies

after the wildfire
among the ashes
...glowing poppies

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

heich watter
sin an leaf freckilt
...stoorin pyot

high water
sun and leaf dappled
...galloping piebald

Monday, August 05, 2019

blues i the err  -
a lazy bummer healds
intae the flooer's tooter

blues in the air  -
a lazy bee leans
into the flower's trumpet

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

laid aff
he hunkers
happin a bottle o drames

he sits
nursing a bottle of dreams

Sunday, July 28, 2019

efter the blowster
sparks dreepin reid
frae the aipples

after the storm
raindrops dripping red
from the apples

Saturday, July 27, 2019

lichtnin  -
a bedraigilt bummer

lightning  -
a bedraggled bee

Thursday, July 25, 2019

her fite communion dress
her gowden powny-tail
...a lit caunle

her white communion dress
her golden pony-tail
...a lit candle

Monday, July 15, 2019

auld hern gane  -
anely's keech
on the watterside bowder

old heron gone  -
only his droppings
on the riverside boulder

Friday, July 12, 2019

thunner-plump  -
auld cundie gluggin
...soond o droonin

thunderstorm  -
old drain gurgling
...sound of drowing

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

a daith ilka meenit -
skiff the burn

a death every minute  -
skim the stream

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

a skelloch
i the nicht  -
a gnap oot o the muin

a scream
in the night  -
a bite out of the moon

Monday, July 08, 2019

on the waashin-line
his superman outfit
...mither kens best

on the washing-line
his superman suit
...mother knows best
wi yin inbraith
hern concertinas
frae dowdie tae eligant

with one inbreath
heron  concertinas
from ragged to elegant

Thursday, June 27, 2019

droont skwurrel 
it's dreepin tail
aw equal-aqual waasht oot

drowned squirrel 
it's dripping tail
all balance washed out

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

efter the fluid
the deuk
hunts fir'ts bairns

after the flood
the duck
searches for its young ones

Saturday, June 22, 2019

midnicht drouthie
braigin:  muin an gin
hae lenthent his sheddae

midnight drunk
challenging:  moon and gin
have lengthened his shadow

Sunday, June 16, 2019

it yon age nou:
waukenin i the nicht
chackin ilk ither's braith

at that age now:
waking in the night
checking each others breathing
an firs  -
a neb ahint baurs

and pines  -
a face behind bars

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

cheevy ilk ither
on the ootdoor chess brod

chase each other
on the outdoor chess board
beekin  -
aw day twa robins:
thayr reid breists

sunbathing  -
all day two robins:
their red breasts

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

they waff tae ilk ither
frae flooerless gairdens:
twa weedie-men

they wave to each other
from flowerless gardens:
two widowers

Saturday, June 01, 2019

crans'r back  -
'blaw affs'
skirl the maws

swifts are back  -
'show offs'
scream the gulls

Friday, May 31, 2019

o the puils'n'sweels
...the watter's life

the pools and eddies
...the river's life

on the gairden yett
a sheeny new haunle

on the garden gate
a shiny new handle

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

laid back in a bowe- cheer
throuch the winnock
a crescent muin

laid back in an armchair
through the window
a crescent moon

Friday, May 24, 2019

sinlicht throuch
the acer's leaves
...a peerie lassie's blushes

sunlight through
the acer's leaves
...a little girl's blushes

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

doon it the mou
he hunkers wi the swans
govein it the waater

he sits with the swans
watching the water

Monday, May 20, 2019

the stane angel
a stoppit watch

the stone angel
a stopped watch

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

twa craws
heidin hamewarts
cairryin nest plenishins

two crows
heading homeward
carrying nest furnishings

Saturday, May 11, 2019

swans doverin
amang pish-the-bed puff baws
...skailt fedders

swans asleep
among dandelion puff balls
...scattered feathers

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

loopin the loop  -
carnival o crans

looping the loop  -
carnival of swifts

Monday, May 06, 2019

bi the suicide tree
the daffins hae dee'd
...til neist voar

by the suicide tree
the daffodils have died
...until next spring

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

bygaun jyle van
its derk winnocks
...winnocks o the sowl

passing prison van
its dark windows of the soul
it the hustins
a shooer o gean flourish
...his rose-tintit glesses

at the hustings a
shower of cherry blossom
...his rose-tinted glasses

Saturday, April 27, 2019

liggin on'r
lik a luver
attercap devoors the moch

lying on her
like a luver
spider devours the moth

Thursday, April 25, 2019

swan doverin  -
heid buirit i the swan's-doun
o'r sel

swan asleep -
head buried in the swan's-down
of herself

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Pace  -
the lamm
dale't aboot

Easter  -
the lamb

Friday, April 19, 2019

cheevyin maggie awa
craws heich-five
wi thair nebs

chasing magpie away
crows high-five
with their beaks

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

a bygaun train
the fisher waffs
...nebs heize tae the winnock

a passing train
the fisherman waves
...faces rise to the window

Monday, April 15, 2019

nestin time  -
the hedgeraw

nesting time  -
the hedgerow

Friday, April 12, 2019

delicat pink
as lips
apenin gowan

delicate pink
as lips
opening daisy

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

bi the watterside
craw dooks intae itsel
...mornin meditation

by the waterside
crow dips into itself
...morning meditation

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

granfaither's croft  -
aye thair bi the cludgie wa
the doucest groset buss

grandad's croft  -
still there by the privy wall
the sweetest gooseberry bush
bygane geese honk  -
a bodach swithers
it the crib-stane

passing geese honk  -
an old man hesitates
at the kerbside

Thursday, April 04, 2019

weet thrabs on'r umberellae
we daunce roond dubs
...drum boogie

rain beats on her umbrella
we dance around puddles
...drum boogie

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

princes street  -
aw thae buddhas
cors-legit in door-cheeks

princes street  -
all these Buddha's
cross-legged in doorways

Friday, March 29, 2019

bellum frae the nursery  -
a bygaun bleckie
...wirms weiglin

noise from the nursery  -
a passing blackbird
...worms wriggling

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

dookin an heizin
swans kythin
...luver's kinch

dipping and rising
swans displaying
...lover's knot

Saturday, March 23, 2019

lichtenin the mornin  -
sax jazzchiels deid

lightening the morning  -
six jazzmen
...all dead

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

amang the pansies
a tortieshall butterie
bein a flooer

among the pansies
a tortoiseshell butterfly
being a flower
the daffin steid

the daffodil path

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

the aik's brainch
...breidth o a raip

the oak's branch
rubbed bare
...width of a rope

Thursday, March 14, 2019

telegraph wires
...kintra busker

telegraph wires busker

Sunday, March 03, 2019

hame frae nicht-shift  -
sclimin intae
her tosie indent

home from night-shift  -
climbing into
her warm indent

Thursday, February 28, 2019

new keekin-gless  -
yon bodach
aye thayr

new mirror  -
that old man
still there

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Alzheimer's  -  she hunkers
tentie o the gowk knock thayr'r tears

Alzheimer's  -  she sits
watching the cuckoo clock
...and there are tears

Friday, February 22, 2019

deep i the wuids
a bob o daffins
ringit roon wi caunles

deep in the woods
a bunch of daffodils
surrounded by candles

Thursday, February 21, 2019

bumbazed butterie
reengin fir flooers
in februar

bewildered butterfly
searching for flowers
in february
tae schuil  -
snawdrap bells shooglin

to school  -
snowdrop bells shaking

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

he greits fir geegaws  -
in damascus
bairns daff wi stanes

he cries for toys  -
in damascus
children play with stones

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

in a quate puil

in a still pool
hunkerin on the ledging
wi the maws

sitting on the parapet
with the gulls

Friday, February 15, 2019

yin day thay'll threep:
he maun be deid  -
ma dug-daunerin feres

one day they will say:
he must be dead  -
my dog-walking friends

Thursday, February 14, 2019

twa swans preein  -
it's valentine's day
fir thaim an aw

two swans necking  -
it's valentine's day
for them also

Monday, February 11, 2019

hingower dander
...gled it's blowstery

hangover walk
...glad its windy

Friday, February 08, 2019

nicht vaig  -
reengin wavebaunds
...stern threep

night journey  -
searching wavebands talk

Thursday, February 07, 2019

Italian waashday  -
heich i the vennel
flags o'r breeks

Italian washday  -
high in the alley
flags of her underwear

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

ill tid gane
i the freeth
o daffin otters

depression gone
in the froth
of otters at play

Saturday, February 02, 2019

furst snaw  -
derk ink o the burn
...haiku on the page

first snow  -
dark ink of the stream
...haiku on the page

Thursday, January 31, 2019

a hirplin chiel
amang the craws sweein in hermony

a limping man
among the crows
...all swaying in harmony

Sunday, January 27, 2019

fir ma shaver
...the years faw awa

for my shaver
...the years fall away

Saturday, January 26, 2019

oor auld pictur hoose
nou a 'steak hoose'
... an the bluid is real

our old cinema
now a 'steak house'
..and the blood is real

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

hame frae Mass
flauchts on her lips
...crottles o the host

home from Mass
snowflakes on her lips
...crumbs of the host

Friday, January 18, 2019

suddent freest  -
dubs' glerelit een

sudden frost  -
puddles' glazed eyes

Thursday, January 17, 2019

heich on a lum
skewin's ain style o blues

high on a chimney
bending his own style of blues

Friday, January 11, 2019

roon the flooer staund
the cheetlin
o mucklemercat tills

round the flower stand
the chirping
of supermarket tills

Thursday, January 10, 2019

ootby the pairlament
e'en the corbies
bowkin abuiss

outside the parliament
even the crows
spewing abuse

Sunday, January 06, 2019

new hearkenin-aid  -
ma pish

new hearing-aid  -
my urine

Friday, January 04, 2019

fleetin yill bottle
wund athort the neck
...peerie tugboat

floating beer bottle
wind across the neck
...little tugboat