Thursday, May 26, 2022


teuk his braith awa

...wrocht blues


took his breath away

...made blues

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

 efter the flude

 bowders heeligoleerie

...watter's  runes

after the flood

boulders in confusion

...river's runes

granson skairs ma bed

shilpit airms'n legs taigle

...a dwam o attercaps

grandson shares my bed

skinny arms and legs tangle

...I dream of spiders

Saturday, May 21, 2022

auld sodger  -

sin sheen's frae's medals


old soldier  -

sun shines from his medals


Tuesday, May 17, 2022

keek o day  -

on the brae

bricht bouets o brume

sunrise  -

on the hillside

bright lanterns of broom

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

peerie snail



tiny snail

mapping out

its journey

Saturday, April 30, 2022

deuklins ettlin tae

sclim the sliddery brae

...lik aw youthlins

ducklings trying to

climb the slippery slope all youngsters

Thursday, April 21, 2022

swan's nest  -

yin egg

growein cauld

swan's nest  -

one egg

growing cold

Wednesday, April 20, 2022


racket funtains

gean trees


firework fountains

cherry trees

Saturday, April 16, 2022

 abandont tank  -

in an oot o the barrel


abandoned tank  -

in and out of the barrel


Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Ukraine  -

she maits'r chookies

amang brent-oot tanks

Ukraine  -

she feeds her chickens

among burnt-out tanks

Wednesday, April 06, 2022

wund 'n' cluds  -

swaws o licht

ower the daffins

wind and clouds  -

waves of light

over the daffodils

Monday, April 04, 2022

aw alang the brainch

the sin's licht

birslin the speuggie's feet

all along the branch

the sun's  light

warming the sparrow's feet

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

hou neebourly  -

her magnolia petals

cleid ma lawn

how neighbourly  -

her magnolia petals

dress my lawn

Saturday, March 26, 2022

freithin flourish  -

gean tree's

Pace bunnet

frothing blossom  -

cherry tree's

Easter bonnet

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

blue bonnets daff  i the sinsheen  -

sheddaes flit

athort the chaumer

blue tits play in the sunshine  -

shadows dart 

across the room

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

maggies dump throuch

the swans' nest


magpies kick through

the swans' nest


Saturday, March 05, 2022

on a bricht blae burn

swans snuve

pontifical lik

on a bright blue stream

swans glide


Thursday, March 03, 2022

Ukraine  -

voar flooers i the derk yirth

bidin fir the aw-clear

Ukraine  -

spring flowers in the dark earth

awaiting the all-clear

Monday, February 28, 2022

hinnymuin boatie

rescuin kestawas

we poued thegither

honeymoon boat 

rescuing castaways

we pulled together

( For Ann)

Friday, February 18, 2022


on the derk burn

stertilt swans


on the dark stream

startled swans

Thursday, February 17, 2022

wund  -  blawin myndins


this ayebydand kythin

wind  -  blowing memories


this eternal presence

Monday, February 14, 2022

ilka brainch

glaizie wi sparks

...claucht i thair mash

every branch

aglitter with raindrops

...caught in their net

Friday, February 11, 2022

wunter mornin  -

a freen's caw

i the set o's braith

winter morning  -

a friend's greeting

in the shape of his breath

Wednesday, February 09, 2022

sin blinters

throuch the sparred palin  -

the warl's a cairtoon

sun flickers

through the slatted fence  -

the world's a cartoon

Saturday, February 05, 2022

a hinmaist dander

wi's auld gundug

...the ferrier bydes

a last walk

with his old gundog

...the vet waits

Friday, February 04, 2022

shooers o leaves  -

bleckie blooters  throuch 

tae voar growthe

showers of leaves  -

blackbird kicks through 

to spring growth

Tuesday, February 01, 2022

roon the saunt's hoose

the err is aw jasmine

...wesps amang the baklava

round the saint's house

the air is all jasmine

...wasps among the baklava

Thursday, January 27, 2022

they bide till a haud by  -

syne  ma neebours gae 

intil the mait baunk

they wait until I pass  -

then my neighbours

enter the food bank

saft souch  -

a clud

fleets doonstream

soft breeze  -

a cloud

floats downstream 

Wednesday, January 26, 2022


stottin on a clint

graithin himsel fir the plype


bouncing on a rock

psyching himself for the plunge

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

heron goves

intae's refleckshun

...fush soom throuch's heid

heron gazes

into his reflection swim through his head

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

covid blues  -

she croons a wurdless sang

on a weet blashie day

covid blues  -

she sings a wordless song

on a wet rainy day

apenin the hingers

tod hunkers

govein it the muin

opening the curtains

fox sits

staring at the moon 

aw day fouin mait paircels  -

she lints

maitin the swans

all day filling food parcels  -

she relaxes

feeding the swans

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

on the cafe brod heid


a snorlie hankie

on the cafe table


a knotted handkerchief

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

oot frae unner

a hap o snaw


out from under

a blanket of snow


Jerusalem haddie's

azure flicht

...glorifeein the aircher


azure flight

...glorifying the archer

Saturday, January 08, 2022

am aye weirin

her loom band  -

a hecht's a hecht

i'm still wearing

her loom band  -

a promise is a promise

Thursday, January 06, 2022

a santa bunnet

trampit i the snaw

...fremmit sodgers

a santa hat

trampled in the snow

...foreign soldiers

Wednesday, January 05, 2022

watter's souchs an grueins  -

deuk quaich guis honk

an hern's seelent spear

river's tones and terrors  -

duck quack goose honk

and heron's silent spear