Thursday, December 30, 2021

heavin up airlie  -

the muin

aye leanin

rising early  -

the moon

still reclining

Friday, December 17, 2021

Reid Rab

heich on a brainch  -

Yule lights sheen on's breist


high on a branch  -

Christmas lights shine on his breast

Thursday, December 16, 2021

lum uphaud  -

the sclater's bag o graith

his santa bunnet

chimney repair  -

the slater's bag of tools

his santa hat

fawen leaves

mozie myndins

...a fere's dementia

fallen leaves

rotting  memories

...a friend's dementia

Thursday, December 09, 2021

snell mornin  -


hauf its bouk

cold morning  -


half its size

Tuesday, December 07, 2021

freesty nicht  -

sterns abuin

skimmerin unnerfuit

frosty night  -

stars above

shimmering underfoot

Friday, December 03, 2021

shooglie on'r bike

she disnae ken yit

she's on'r ain

wobbly on her bicycle 

she doesn't know yet

she's on her own

Thursday, December 02, 2021

twa weet leaves skitter

doon the clair lozen

...bygaun thochts

two wet leaves slither

down the clear pane

...passing thoughts

Saturday, November 27, 2021

aw nicht

a teirin wund

rivin the toon tae shivereens

all night 

a raging wind 

tearing the town to bits

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

the suicide tree  -

it's brainch


the suicide tree  -

it's branch


Saturday, November 20, 2021

fawen leaves

pattren the burn

deuks mizzle

fallen leaves

pattern the stream

ducks disappear

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

furst Yule whigmaleeries  -



First Christmas baubles  -



Sunday, November 14, 2021

hame frae the circus  

faither ettles tae caum thaim:

selkies, lions, clowns...

home from the circus  

father tries to calm them:

seals, lions, clowns...

Thursday, November 11, 2021

 armistice day

the acer's leaves 


armistice day  -

the acer's leaves

pile up

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

efter ma neebours' cull

the skwurrels hae wun back

tae  kittle ma gairden

after my neighbours' cull

the squirrels have returned

to enliven my garden

Monday, November 08, 2021

a fite bawdrons 

amang the labster-creels  -

fou muin skookin

a white cat

among the lobster-pots  -

full  moon creeping

Saturday, November 06, 2021

fift o November

day o's fooneral

...reek an aises

fifth of November

day of his funeral

...smoke and ashes

Monday, November 01, 2021

 hallowday  -

skeery  pumpkins aye aroond

...skailt sweeties on the causey

All Saints' day  -

scary pumpkins still around

...spilt sweets on the street

streengs hing tuim

 traikle-farls gane

...wutchies an warlocks stappit

strings hang empty

treacle-scones gone

...witches and warlocks sated

Sunday, October 24, 2021

burdsang  -


a wrang note

birdsong  -


a wrong note

Friday, October 22, 2021

deef tae ma 'guid mornin'   -

thay'r tentie

tae the vyces i thayr heids

ignoring my 'good morning'  -

they listen

to the voices in their heads

Thursday, October 14, 2021

hairst  -

the treen


autumn  -

the trees


Sunday, October 10, 2021

hairst  -

bauldie-heidit days

fir the pish-the-beds

autumn  -

bald-headed days

for the dandelions

Monday, October 04, 2021

eildit pleesurs  -

blithe tae hae wurn oot

anither pair o shuin

aged pleasures  -

happy to have worn out

another pair of shoes

Friday, October 01, 2021

gaitherin conkers agane -



gathering chestnuts again -




Thursday, September 30, 2021

mornin yatter  -

ma neebours clype

...maggies jyne in

morning chatter  -

my neighbours gossip

...magpies join in

Thursday, September 23, 2021

dung doon ceeties  -

tuithit gavel-ens staun

...a deevil's jeegsaw

bombed cities  -

toothed gable-ends stand

...a devil's jigsaw

Saturday, September 18, 2021

dawn chorus  -

the yatter

o the bucket men

dawn chorus  -

the chitchat

of the bin men

Thursday, September 16, 2021

hairst  -

duddie leaves

hing on

autumn  -

tattered leaves

hang on

Wednesday, September 08, 2021

back agane

tae snowk the peat reek

...lowes thit nivver gae oot

back again

to smell the peat smoke

...fires that never go out

hameless  -

doverin aneath the heidline:


homeless  -

asleep beneath the headline:


Tuesday, September 07, 2021

sica bonnie lassie  -

her spirlie fingers

cleuks o a draigon tattoo

such a lovely girl  -

her slender fingers

claws of a dragon tattoo

Monday, September 06, 2021

Sunday, September 05, 2021

deid man's bells

a ticht fit

...bummer backs oot slawly


a tight fit

...bee reverses out slowly

Saturday, September 04, 2021


his banes runchin

wrochtin thayr ain aises


his bones grinding

making their own ashes

Friday, September 03, 2021

unner the tree

a fawen egg  -

sumhin's sookit oot the sangburd

under the tree

a fallen egg  -

something's sucked out the songbird

Saturday, August 28, 2021


...a brush hus

skytit frae the cannas


...a brush has

slipped from the canvas

Thursday, August 26, 2021

sneddin ma herr

i the gairden

... haip o thrisseldoon 

cutting my hair

in the garden

...heap of thistledown

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

bydein the licht

sweelt i the hap o'ts sel  -

mornin glory

awaiting the light

wrapped in the blanket of itself  -

morning glory

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

 baurber shewn-up  -

deein o cancer

his thocht's ma herr!

barber closed  -

dying of cancer

his concern's my hair!

(For Sandy)

Monday, August 16, 2021

nIcht veesitors  -

the siller jeegsaw

o snail steids

night visitors  -

the silver jigsaw

of snail tracks

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

lockdoon ower  -

the burn's banjo

new seeds jiggin on the err

lockdown over  -

the stream's banjo

new seeds dancing on the air

Monday, August 09, 2021

yin clap!

an a synchronized soom

o minnons

one clap!

and a sychronized

swim of minnows

Saturday, August 07, 2021


it houghmagandie

... snorlie threid


making love

...knotted thread

Thursday, August 05, 2021

crematorium  -

her sinbrunt

dowie yins

crematorium  -

her sunburnt


gairden fou

o the brawest jazz jiggers


garden full

of the best jazz jivers 


Tuesday, July 27, 2021

lockdoon  -

the day a butterie

gaed by 

lockdown  -

today a butterfly

passed by

college hooses  -

tap flair hained

fir theology scholars?

university flats  -

top floor reserved

for theology students?

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

petal bi petal

the speengie rose


petal by petal

the peony rose


Monday, July 12, 2021

clam mornin  -

the wuid souchs oot

a douce braith

damp morning  -

the forest exudes

a sweet breath

Sunday, July 11, 2021

hameless  -  doverin

on the ootdoor chess-brod


homeless  -  asleep

on the outdoor chess-board


Friday, July 09, 2021

 craws wesh i the burn

maws wesh upstream

...the maggies keckle

crows wash in the stream

gulls wash upstream

...the magpies chortle

Thursday, July 08, 2021

 rescuin a bummer

she feshes me

a bizzin bicker

rescuing a bee

she brings me

a buzzing beaker

Saturday, July 03, 2021

 efter lockdoon

this year's speuggies

dinnae ken whit tae mak o's

after lockdown

this year's sparrows

don't know what to make of us

Sunday, June 27, 2021

 mawin the gairden  -

hauf-cut bummers

amang the sookies

mowing the garden  -

half-cut bees

among the clover heads

Thursday, June 24, 2021

ilka day his carer

helps'm reenge the burn

fir crocodiles

every day his carer

helps him search the stream

for crocodiles

lowst frae lockdoon

the bodach

neb-deep in breer

released from lockdown

the old man

nose-deep in a wild rose

Thursday, June 17, 2021

throuch the kirkyaird

the wund's wae chanter

...a pibroch fir Eilidh

through the churchyard

the wind's sad chanter

...a pibroch for Eilidh

(for Eilidh MacLeod: Barra  killed by terrorists)

heatwave  -

deed in a fur cot


heatwave  -

dead in a fur coat


Wednesday, June 16, 2021

 alang the trackside

wull brummles

...railway jeelie we cried it

along the trackside

wild brambles

...railway jam we called it

Friday, June 04, 2021

gallus i the pandemic  -

his pooches fou

o haly medals

fearless in the pandemic  -

his pockets full

of holy medals

Tuesday, June 01, 2021

swans dunt on the burn  -

twa fedders


swans bump on the stream  -

two feathers


Sunday, May 30, 2021

island wedder clype  -

washin rope


island weather report  -

washing line


Tuesday, May 25, 2021

hebridean gowan  -

sin in a reeng

o cluds

hebridean daisy  -

sun in a ring

of clouds

Monday, May 24, 2021

fite bawdrons


the creels

white cat


the lobster-pots

bi a roustin anchor

fusherchiels hunker

govein seawarts

by a rusting anchor

fishermen sit

gazing seawards

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

cumulus cluds  

...Reubens'  wummen


cumulus clouds  

...Reubens' ladies


Thursday, May 13, 2021

daith o a priest  -

ablow the saugh swan hunkers

beads faw frae'r neb

death of a priest  -

below the willow swan sits

beads fall from her beak

Monday, May 10, 2021

 covid-19  -

bygaun the beauticians'

 ...tuim keekin glesses glowerin

covid-19  -

passing the beauticians'

...empty mirrors staring

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

juist be!

wi the renuncin

as gean flourish faws

just be!

with the surrender

as cherry blossom falls

Friday, April 30, 2021

 readin i the gairden  -

 bummer's sheddae

... fou stap

reading in the garden  -

bee's shadow

...full stop


Wednesday, April 28, 2021

In a snell wund

the tosieness

o gean flourish

in a bitter wind

the warmth

of cherry blossom

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

burds stoor

tae thayr nests

...guis-stappin maggies.

birds race

to their nests

...goose-stepping magpies

Saturday, April 17, 2021

pandemic  -

a tuim cheer

in monie a hame

pandemic  -

an empty chair

in many a home

Friday, April 16, 2021

frae the fitbaw perk

the ref's fussle  -

a bleckie repones

from the football park

the ref's whistle  -

a blackbird answers

Thursday, April 15, 2021

killer i the sinsheen:

bawdrons kids on sloom

aneath the speuggies

killer in the sunshine:

cat feigns sleep

beneath the sparrows

Monday, April 12, 2021

efter Mass

refleckin on the tuim tassie

...fou o sinsheen

after Mass

reflecting on the empty cup

...full of sunshine

on the plainstanes

speuggies hop amang the brainches

in a sheddae warl

on the pavement

sparrows hop among the branches

in a shadow world

Friday, April 02, 2021

Guid friday  -

Reid Rab roon ma feet

its bluid-reid breist

Good friday  -

a robin round my feet

its blood -red breast

Wednesday, March 31, 2021


the AH!! mament  -

gean flourish


the AH!! moment  -

 cherry blossom

Saturday, March 27, 2021

his jab date:

Guid Friday

...the bouk thirlt

his vaccination date:

Good Friday

...the body pierced

Monday, March 22, 2021

furst bummers

souch i the daffins' heids

...voar raga

first bees

drone in the daffodils' heads

...spring raga

Thursday, March 18, 2021

 funeral mornin  -

a bleckie howks a hole

i the seed-bed

funeral morning  -

a blackbird digs a hole

in the seed-bed

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

 the via dolorosa  -

a dozie-heidit bawdrons

retours tae's dwam

the via dolorosa  -

a sleepy-headed cat

returns to his dream


traik  the stations

throuch caunle-lit daffins


walk the stations

through candle-lit daffodils


the reeng

o harebells


the ring

of bluebells

Friday, March 12, 2021

taur squad

rained aff  -  a wattergaw

quat on the causey

ashphalt squad

rained off  -  a rainbow

left on the street

Thursday, March 04, 2021

creck o the host

licht sklentin frae the quaich

...sabbath thunnerstorm

crack of the host

light flashing from the chalice

...sunday thunderstorm

Tuesday, March 02, 2021

the cob snecks an plets

the girss  -  she feshes the seed

Intae the wyve

the cob snips and plaits

the grass  -  she fetches the seed

into the weave

Monday, March 01, 2021

faither's waddin reeng

wark wurn  -

inby, twa bricht nems

father's wedding ring

work worn  -

inside, two bright names

the day  

the cheep o a kintra tune

an the years drapt awa


the hint of a country accent

and the years fell away

Friday, February 26, 2021

siller birks

i the wund

...'the divine dance'

silver birches

in the wind

...'the divine dance'

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

rugby gemme  -

mid the breetality o studs

yin bricht crocus

rugby match  -

midst the brutality of studs

one bright crocus

Monday, February 22, 2021

amaryllis  -

tooterin the day

the hid meesterie

amaryllis  -

trumpeting today

the hidden mystery

Saturday, February 20, 2021

new rodwarks  -

a peerie patch o snawdraps

wins oot

new roadworks  -

a tiny patch of snowdrops 


Thursday, February 18, 2021

on the wunter tree

a flourish

o blue bonnets

on the winter tree

a blossom

of blue tits

Friday, February 12, 2021

blin smoor    -

the swans hae cookit

...til they muive

snow drift  -

the swans have disappeared

...until they move

Thursday, February 11, 2021

ma neebour's tree  -

a trapeze warl

o blue bonnets

my neighbour's tree  -

a trapeze world

of bluetits

laid aff  -

ilka day tentie

o an eeshogel growein

furloughed  -

every day watching

an icicle grow

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

snaw faws ootby  -

the priest sains oor clachan

cleedit in a fite robe

snow falls outside  -

the priest blesses our village

dressed in a white robe

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

 brucken-doon snawmen  -

maggies matin

on een an nebs

broken-down snowmen  -

magpies feeding

on eyes and noses

Monday, January 25, 2021

 weengs spreid 

peened tae the fairmer's palin:

craw's petrine corse

wings spread

pinned to the farmer's fence:

crow's petrine cross

Saturday, January 23, 2021

 jag day  -

throuch the doacter's winnock

eeshogels dreepin

vaccination day  -

through the doctor's window

icicles dripping

Monday, January 18, 2021

 lockdoon  -

the bairnie dirls

the playgrun's yetts

lockdown  -

the toddler rattles

the playground's  gates

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

daw's reid licht  -


frae the smiddy

dawn's red light  -


from the smithy

swan slips

intae the watter

...ryal barque

swan slips

into the river

...royal barque 

freestit playgrun -

myndin the keekin-gless

wrocht wi tacketie buits

frosted playground  -

remembering the mirror

made with hobnailed boots

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

 the swans it roseburn

keekin throuch the sprots

...aye in lockdoon

the swans at roseburn

peering through the reeds

...still in lockdown