Friday, December 16, 2022

aw nicht

the orra maisic

o a chist smit

all night

the surreal music

of a chest infection

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

abuin ma care bed

lichts athort the ceilin

...cumin an gaein

above my sickbed

lights across the ceiling

...coming and going

Thursday, December 08, 2022

furst snaw  -

hairst's musardrie

rubbit oot

first snow  -

autumn's poetry


Wednesday, December 07, 2022

freesty nicht  -

efter the Yule pairty

glessy-e'ed dubs

frosty night  -

after the Christmas party

glazy-eyed puddles

Friday, December 02, 2022

blawy  -

lang Johns on the waashin rope

...doitit ballet

windy  -

long Johns on the washing line

...crazy ballet

Thursday, December 01, 2022

auld tarrybreeks

on's daith-bed  

hearkens tae the maws pewl

old sailor

on his death-bed  

listens to the gulls cry

Sunday, November 27, 2022

furst advent caunle

sterts tae daunce  -

sterts THE DAUNCE!

first advent candle

starts to dance  -

starts THE DANCE!

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

unco peerie squaik  -

maggie's fund

sumhin siller

strange little squeak  -

magpie's found

something silver

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

 trainspottin  -

myndin the auld puffers

...freesty braith

trainspotting  -

remembering the old puffers

...frosty breath

Monday, November 21, 2022

geelt hameless  -

reid straiks o a pastel lift

i thair een

frozen homeless  -

red streaks of a pastel sky

in their eyes

Saturday, November 19, 2022

hern's fuitprents

amang the saugh leaves

...stobbie calligraphy

heron's footprints

among the willow leaves

...spiky calligraphy

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

wa-gang agane  -

eemigrant laddie

nirlin i the weet

leaving again  -

emigrant son

shrinking in the rain

Friday, November 11, 2022

 i the winnock  -

fou muin, attercap,

an the threids am claucht in

in the windoow  -

full moon, spider,

and the threads I'm caught in

Wednesday, November 09, 2022

doacter's appintment  -

it his winnock skwurrel

hunkers creckin a nit

doctor's appointment  -

at his window squirrel

sits cracking a nut

mawin the girss  -

the creck

o cracker nits

mowing the grass  -

the crack

of hazelnuts

burds cheeplin

wund i the treen  -  an me:

God's HI-FI seestem

birds chirping

wind in the trees  -  and me:

God's HI-FI system

Tuesday, November 08, 2022

saw neb dookin

gaein unner   -  syne 

scartin whaur a lug micht be

goosander bathing

going under  -   then

scratching where an ear might be

leukin lik the hinmaist leaf

on a nakit acer

...Reid Rab

looking like the last leaf 

on a naked acer

...a robin

Thursday, November 03, 2022

auld tarry-breeks  -

his twa powls

the swallin causey

the old sailor  -

his two walking sticks

the swelling pavement

Wednesday, November 02, 2022

efter the weet  -

speuggie lans on a brainch

brings doon anither shour

after the rain  -

sparrow lands on a branch

brings down another shower

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

snail  -

his siller lines

o musardrie

snail  -

his silver lines

of poetry

on a brainch, sparks,

a raw i the sin  -

suin tae kythe as cluds...agane

on a branch, raindrops,

a row in the sun -

soon to become clouds...again

Saturday, October 22, 2022

the acer's firie leaves


...bleckened brainches

the acer's fiery leaves


...blackened branches

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

faur aff

her an hern

ilk anein a blae-gray cot

in the distance

she and heron

each in a blue-grey coat

the auld gangrel  -

his haun-me-doon shuin

his bluided heels

the old tramp  -

his hand-me-down shoes

his bloodied heels

tooer cran

hystin anither laid

...stackin cluds

tower crane

hoisting another load

...stacking clouds

Sunday, October 16, 2022

midnicht pish  -

i the shunkie

a fissog pluffs

midnight pee  -

in the toilet

a face explodes

Thursday, October 13, 2022

i the syver

sumyin's boo-tie 

...heich-fleer's pairty

in the gutter

someone's bow-tie 

...high-flyer's party

Monday, October 10, 2022

hairst  -

reid, yalla , gowd, refleckit

on the scaffie's fissog

autumn  -

red, yellow, gold,reflected

on the street-sweeper's face

Thursday, October 06, 2022

licht skails

frae flooers, treen, fowk  -

a day fir refleckshun

light pours

from flowers, trees, people  -

a day for reflection

grannie's but'n ben  -

oot frae the lum

a wattergaw

grandmother's cottage  -

out from the chimney

a rainbow


craw-aipples  -

a pollock splairge

run -over

crab-apples  -

 a pollock splash

Saturday, October 01, 2022

fiercelin times  -

e'en i the kintra

deuks heid-buttin

aggressive times  -

even in the country

ducks head-butting

Thursday, September 29, 2022

clowtin a peerie flee  -

bumbazed it the bluid straik 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

...narrer an narrer

dawn approaching  -

the clock's face

...nearer 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 


...muckle bluid

the old man


...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


stickit tae ma winnock

...slubbery pree


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  -


ghaistly presence

caught in a web  -


ghostly presence

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

bin strike  

...a rant

o maws

dustbin strike 

...a festival

of gulls

Thursday, August 25, 2022



on a blawn brainch



on a blown branch

Wednesday, August 24, 2022


a perr takkin the err sic a lick


a pair taking the air 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


on the telegraph wire

a line of sparrows


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


the hospital yetts



the hospital gates



shooglin i the wund

...bangles an bracelets


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


sax fite butteries

a gentle breeze


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 -


on concrete swaws

rising and falling  -


on concrete waves

Saturday, June 25, 2022

a girsslowper's lowpt

intae ma kitchie 


 a grasshopper's hopped

into my kitchen  

...its knobbly knees

Monday, June 20, 2022

twa dalmatians


...spreckles afore ma een

two dalmations


...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


on the burn



on the stream


Thursday, May 26, 2022


teuk his braith awa

...wrocht blues


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  -


...ah dwam o attercaps

grandson shares my bed


...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



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


firie funtains

gean trees


fiery 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 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


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

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


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  -

...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


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 an muin


opening the curtains

fox and 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



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 leister

river's tones and terrors  -

duck quack goose honk

and heron's silent spear