Thursday, September 29, 2022

clowtin a peerie flee  -

bumbazed it the bluid straik

...an the guilt



swatting a tiny fly  -

amazed at the blood streak

...and the guilt

yowlin wund  

streeks'n boos a wab- threid

...blusey mornin



howling wind  

stretches and bends a web-thread

...bluesy morning

Sunday, September 25, 2022

auld fusherman  

his arthritic banes

...a craikin boat


old fisherman

his arthritic bones

...a creaking boat

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

dawin haudin in  -

the knock's fissog

...nearer an nearer



dawn approaching  -

the clock's face

...near and nearer



Monday, September 19, 2022

the maisic o buits

slaw mairchin

...the seelence o london



the music of boots

slow marching

...the silence of London


(Elizabeth 11 funeral)

Thursday, September 15, 2022

the bodach 

gairdenin

...muckle bluid


the old man

gardening

...much blood

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

the burn murmells: truant  -

schuil-days guddlin

clauchtin nocht bit pleesur



the stream murmurs: truant -

school-days fishing

catching nothing but pleasure

Monday, September 12, 2022

a queen hus slippit awa  -

the skep thrabs

wi hert-scaud



a queen has died  -

the hive throbs

with grief

Friday, September 09, 2022

snail

stickit tae ma winnock

...slubbery pree



snail

stuck to my window

...slobbery kiss

Wednesday, September 07, 2022

 'makkin wey fir ithers' -

faither's answer tae daith

...sneddin this verra tree



'making way for others'  -

father's answer to death

...pruning this very tree


...

Tuesday, September 06, 2022

efter sica stour

the saft ruff

o a seepin rhone



after such a thunderstorm

the soft beat

of a leaky gutter

on the suicide's puil

a brust fitbaw

...the gemme's a bogie



on the suicide's pool

a burst football

..the game is ended.

Thursday, September 01, 2022

claucht in a wab  -

rouk's

ghaistly presence




caught in a web  -

mist's

ghostly presence

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

bin strike  

...a rant

o maws



dustbin strike 

...a festival

of gulls



Thursday, August 25, 2022

keengfusher

kaleidoscopic

on a blawn brainch


kingfisher

kaleidoscopic

on a blown branch

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

 keengfushers:

a perr takkin the err

...it sic a lick


kingfishers:

a pair taking the air

...at speed




Thursday, August 18, 2022

her boax

o bibblin brummles

her purpie lipsteek




her box

of bubbling brambles

her purple lipstick


Wednesday, August 17, 2022

pish-the-bed puffbaws  -

faur aff a peerie fairmer

...his fite heid



dandelion puffballs  -

far off a tiny farmer

...his white head



Monday, August 15, 2022

voar reddin  -

fundin placks, sweeties,

a speeders' graveyaird...



spring cleaning  -

finding coins, sweets,

a spiders' graveyard...

Saturday, August 13, 2022

festival  squeebs  -

Immigrant bairnies

coorie thegither



festival  fireworks  -

immigrant  toddlers

cling together

Friday, August 12, 2022

waashin day  -

flaffin sheets

a bygaun butterie



washing day  -

flapping sheets

a passing butterfly

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

on the telegraph weer

a line o speuggies

yatterin



on the telegraph wire

a line of sparrows

chattering

Tuesday, August 09, 2022

as tho unnerwatter

they pander by the winnock  -

pish-the-bed parychutes



as though underwater

they drift past the window  -

dandelion parachutes




voar  -

delvin agane

lik monie makars afore



spring  -

digging again

like many poets before

Thursday, August 04, 2022

ootby

the hospital yetts

dowps



outside 

the hospital gates

cigarette-ends

honesty

shooglin i the wund

...bangles an bracelets



honesty

shaking in the wind

...bangles and bracelets

Tuesday, August 02, 2022

rouky mornin  -

bi the kirk yett

attercap's spreit catcher



misty morning  -

by the church gate

spider's spirit catcher


Friday, July 29, 2022

on a lown puil

suddentlie sumhin

dings a bul's-ee



on a calm pool

suddenly something

hits a  bull's eye





Thursday, July 28, 2022

it lang an last

weet  -

the acer's leaves daunce



at last

rain  -

the acer's leaves dance




Thursday, July 21, 2022

a lown tirl

jooglin

sax fite butteries



a gentle breeze

juggling

six white butterflies

heid office  -

goavin doon on tovin maws

an peerie fowk




head office  -

gazing down on soaring gulls

and little people

Monday, July 18, 2022

swelterin wedder  -

the coos an me

fliskin flees 



sweltering weather  -

the cows and I

flicking flies 


#








Thursday, July 14, 2022

craw hunkers wi me

streetches an skews's craig

as though ettlin tae threep


crow sits with me

stretches and twists his neck

as though trying to speak

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

thrissel's purpie  -

ower suin

the fitest o bairds



thistles purple  -

too soon

the whitest of beards


Tuesday, July 12, 2022

wund gurlin

roon ma lugs:

'sumhin tae smush!...oniethin!'



wind growling

round my ears:

'something to smash!...anything!'



Monday, July 11, 2022

bodachs nou

we simmer an wunter

ower oor medications



old men now

we discuss at length

oor medications

bricht sinlicht  -

a mistaen jowel

...maukie flees on dug keech



bright sunlight  -

a mistaken jewel

...bluebottles on dog-shit



#






Monday, July 04, 2022

neb tae neb  -

dug an puddock

ettlin tae unnerstaun 



nose to nose  -

dog and frog

trying to understand

pensioner  -

her message bag

blaws awa i the wund



pensioner  -

her shopping bag

blows away in the wind

Thursday, June 30, 2022

the Trades  -

tentie as anither bittie

snecks wi the cludy jeegsaw



holidays  -

watching another piece

fit the cumulus jigsaw


Monday, June 27, 2022

heizin an fawin -

skatebroders

on concrete swaws



rising and falling  -

skateboarders

on concrete waves

Saturday, June 25, 2022

a girsslowper's lowpt

intae ma kitchie 

...knule-kneed



 a grasshopper's hopped

into my kitchen  

...its knobbly knees

Monday, June 20, 2022

twa dalmatians

warsle 

...spreckles afore ma een



two dalmations

wrestle 

...spots before my eyes

Friday, June 17, 2022

july mairchers  -

weet bates on thaim  -

this rousty parawd



july marchers  -

rain beats on them

this rusty parade


Thursday, June 16, 2022

as though the wallie yins

on mither's sidebuird

twa swans pander



as though the porcelain ones

on mother's sideboard

two swans drift






Sunday, June 12, 2022

nicht train

pewlin throuch

...waesome moothie



night train

wailing through

...sad harmonica




Wednesday, June 08, 2022

 snail  -

brither stravaiger

ayewis flittin


snail  -

brother wanderer

always moving house

Saturday, May 28, 2022

swans

on the burn

cluds




swans

on the stream

clouds


Thursday, May 26, 2022

tooter

teuk his braith awa

...wrocht blues




trumpet

took his breath away

...fashioned 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  -

taigilt 

...ah dwam o attercaps




grandson shares my bed

tangled 

...I dream of spiders

Saturday, May 21, 2022

auld sodger  -

sin sheen's frae's medals

blinndin us




old soldier  -

sun shines from his medals

blinding us

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

chairtin'ts

jurney




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

...like all youngsters

Thursday, April 21, 2022

swan's nest  -

yin egg

growein cauld




swan's nest  -

one egg

growing cold

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

voar's

firie funtains

gean trees




spring's

fiery fountains

cherry trees

Saturday, April 16, 2022

 abandont tank  -

in an oot o the barrel

speuggies



abandoned tank  -

in and out of the barrel

sparrows








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 an 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 speuggies' feet




all along the branch

the sun's  light

warming the sparrows' 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

...stormtroops




magpies kick through

the swans' nest

...stormtroops

Saturday, March 05, 2022

on a bricht blae burn

swans snuve

pontifical lik




on a bright blue stream

swans glide

pontifically


Thursday, March 03, 2022

Ukraine  -

voar flooers i the derk yirth

bydin fir the aw-clair




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

 lichtnin

on the derk burn

stertilt swans




lightning

on the dark stream

startled swans



Thursday, February 17, 2022

wund  -  blawin myndins

throuch

this ayebydand kythin




wind  -  blowing memories

through

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  -

...its a cairtoon warl





sun flickers

through the slatted fence  -

...its a cartoon world



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

eesock

stottin on a clint

graithin himsel fir the plype




dipper

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

...fish 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 an muin

set




opening the curtains

fox and moon

framed

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

forgat

a snorlie hankie




on the cafe table

forgotten

a knotted handkerchief

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

oot frae unner

a hap o snaw

...voar




out from under

a blanket of snow

...spring 

keengfusher's

azure flicht

...glorifeein the aircher




kingfisher's

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 leister




river's tones and terrors  -

duck quack goose honk

and heron's silent spear