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