Friday, December 29, 2023


a Yule perk

fremmit fowk's goamins


a Chrismas park 

strangers' greetings

Friday, December 22, 2023

flee on the winnock

a faurawa airieplane  

...bairgin peth

fly on the window 

a distant aeroplane  

...collision path

Thursday, December 21, 2023

wunter solstice  

a pearl remuved

days growein brichter

winter solstice  

a cataract removed

days growing brighter

Wednesday, December 20, 2023


raxin tae win awa

frae a blawn awa tent


struggling to be free

from a blown away tent

advent caunle  -

anither day

meltit awa

advent candle  -

another day

melted away

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

nae Yule pairty

fir him this year  -

a'm weirin's shuin

no Christmas party

for him this year  -

i'm wearing his shoes

on a kintra rod

the reid colour o daith

the bleck o craw

on a country road

the red colour of death

the black of crow

bygane geese  -

a trauchle-free


geese pass  -

a trouble-free


 listin drive  -

sodgers in fou cammyflage

roon the hamburger stand

recruitment drive  -

soldiers in full camouflage

round the hamburger stall

snail's tasht shall  -


a bleckie chirms

snail's broken shell  -


a blackbird sings

a day o yuisless thingums:

in the canaul, a

message-bag fou o watter

a day of useless things:

in the canal, a

shopping-bag full of water

the postie's 


bygaun ma yett

the postman's


past my gate

 the elements


the auld recyclin plant

the elements


the old recycling plant

airly mornin  -

the cailleach stauns

it the bingo-ha door

early morning  -

the old lady stands

at the bingo-hall door

hunkered amang maw leid

the towrists

skail scran

sat amidst gull language

the tourists

scatter scraps

indian kintra  -

ah coff a crucifix

an twa arraheids

indian country  -

i buy a crucifix

and two arrowheads

watterside dauner

makars' busts  -

awbodie maits the swans

riverside walk

poets' busts  -

everybody feeds the swans


380,000000 year auld  

fir ma laddie's thirtieth


380,000000 years old

for my son's thirtieth

 the ceetie waukens:

the wino sooks a tinnie

a chiel pynts wi a pincil

the city wakens:

the wino sucks a can

a man points with a pencil

he skails trock fraes car

smirks it us  -

ah glisk a tuim space

he scatters car litter

smiles at us  -

i see an empty space

i the quate

the soond

o the eucharist brekkin

in the silence

the sound

of the eucharist breaking

 tree sculpture:

The Canaul Biggers  -

tree-trunk chists, tree-trunk airms

tree sculpture:

The Canal Builders  -

tree-trunk chests, tree-trunk arms

dour nod

tae the eildit jogger

...ah pech hamewart

reluctant nod

to the elderly jogger

...I puff homeward

Monday, December 11, 2023

slaw train

tae San Fransisco


slow train

to San Fransisco


he sains the cot   -

the caunle's lowe heelds awa

as though a draucht

he blesses the crib  -

the candle's flame leans awa

as though a draught

beads throuch the fingers

hailness in ilka maument  -

SMILE! dour-nebbed wifie

beads through the fingers

completeness in each moment  -

SMILE! grim-faced lady

the sea's swall,

a faurawa pipe  -  she speirs

the time...hou tae repone?

the sea's swell,

a faraway flute  -  she asks

the to answer?

Sunday, December 10, 2023

murther an dirdum

blinters on's neb  -

peerie weir-gemmes sodger

murder and mayhem

flicker on his face  -

little war-games soldier

Friday, December 08, 2023

brennin leaves  -

reek daidlin

amang the brainches 

burning leaves  -

smoke lingering

among the branches

Wednesday, December 06, 2023

wunter wedder  -

staunin it the winnock ain snawglobe

winter weather   -

standing at the window own snowglobe

Friday, December 01, 2023

snell mornin  -

it Mass, hunkert

bi the votive caunles

cold morning  -

at Mass, sitting

by the votive candles

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

drien snaw  -

ilka tree

a siller birk

driven snow  -

every tree

a silver birch

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

wund throuch

faw'n leaves


wind through

the fallen leaves


peerie skwurrel

bussie-tailed  -

soopin the leaves

little squirrel

bushy-tailed  -

sweeping the leaves

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

alang the fuitpeth

Reid Rab daffs it


along the footpath

the robin plays


Thursday, November 16, 2023

aneath the sauchs

in emerant watter  -

the hern

beneath the willows

in green water  -

the heron

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

armistice day paraud  -

on the tree

a hinmaist pickle leaves

armistice day parade  -

on the tree

a last few leaves

skifflin throuch leaves  -


fir the bodach an the aik

shuffling through leaves  -


for the old man and the oak

day-daw  -


an craw scrunchin's gears

dawn  -


and crow crunching his gears

Monday, November 13, 2023

blowster ower  -

the maple tree's

bleck skelet

storm over  -

the maple tree's

black skeleton

Friday, November 10, 2023

craw an saw-neb

haudin thair distance  -

sowpin frae the samen burn

crow and goosander

keeping their distance  -

drinking from the same stream

Tuesday, November 07, 2023

ootgoavin ilk ither

hern an me

...till he wuns!

outstaring each other

heron and I

...until he wins!

Monday, November 06, 2023

efter bonfire nicht

daw's reid lift


after bonfire night

dawn's red sky


Saturday, November 04, 2023

hairst leaves  -

the boolin green

a bricht orange

autumn leaves  -

the bowling green

a bright orange

Thursday, November 02, 2023

wast wund

shooglin the leaves

...prayer flags

west wind

shaking the leaves

...prayer flags

(For Gaza)

Wednesday, November 01, 2023


see tae thair sinflooers

... thair tonsured heids


tend their sunflowers

... their tonsured heads

Tuesday, October 31, 2023

 hallae e'en  

wutchies it the doors  -

yin hoosehauder hidin


witches at the doors  -

one householder hiding

Sunday, October 29, 2023

scunnert youthlins  -

on the stamed bus winnock

nochts an corses

bored youngsters  -

on the steamed bus window

noughts and crosses

hairst leaves

i the weet  -

bonnie causey airt

autumn leaves

in the rain

beautiful street art

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

leaves faw


wi the hameless

leaves fall


with the homeless

Friday, October 20, 2023

blatter  --

dreevin the gentie maser


storm  -

driving the gentle acer


whaur the derk lift

trysts wi the derk watter:

a keyhole o licht...swan

where the dark sky

meets the dark water:

a keyhole of light...swan

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

the scales an chords

o the blatter

blawin throuch the toon

the scales and chords

of the storm

blowing through the town

oot frae Mass  -

tentie o craw

dookin's breid i the burn

out from Mass  -

watching crow

dipping its bread in the stream

Monday, October 16, 2023


lang spirlie shanks

...shilpit ballerina


long thin legs 

...skinny ballerina

Friday, October 13, 2023

hairst  -

acer leaves reid nebbed

it the nakitness

autumn  -

acer leaves red faced

at the nakedness

Saturday, October 07, 2023

 wundfaw  -

athort the green

aipples boolin alang

windfall  -

across the lawn

apples bowling along

Wednesday, October 04, 2023

ilka day

a'm claucht  -

wab threids in ma mou

every day

I'm caught  -

web threids in my mouth

Monday, October 02, 2023

years gang by  -

frae ilk watterside

sauchs it last tiggin

years go by  -

from each riverbank

willows at last touching

laich sin  -

ma sheddae

danders aside me

low sun  -

my shadow

walks beside me

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

peer tree sindial


fir oors

pear tree sundial


for hours

the jeely rowe

o staunin

on a hodden slug

the jelly roll

of standing

on an unseen slug


lik a drouthie  -

snails a'whaur


like a drunk  -

snails  everywhere

Monday, September 25, 2023

hairst  -

a hinmaist waasp

ower forfochen tae stang

autumn  -

a last wasp

too tired to sting

Sunday, September 24, 2023


taks haud  

...runklin leaves


takes hold  

...curling leaves

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

monastery bawdrons

on's alms traik  -

the flesher, the baxter...

monastery cat

on his alms journey  -

the butcher,the baker...

Thursday, September 14, 2023

throuch the leaves

persimmons keekin  -

a laich yin tuith-merkit

through the leaves

persimmons peeping  -

a lower one tooth-marked

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

 the yirdin bell

draps slawly throuch the err  

the day: 9/11

the funeral bell

drops slowly through the air  

today: 9/11

Sunday, September 10, 2023

janglin bells...


stoorin tae Mass

jangling bells...


racing to Mass

Saturday, September 09, 2023


ristin on the gairden hose

...the thrab o life


resting on the garden hose

...the throb of life

 a ruinage re-chartit  -

the maister nou wins awa

on's boattie

ruins re-charted  -

the master now leaves

on his boat


(BRIAN LOWERY OSA 1941-2019)

Friday, September 08, 2023

sic waarmth  -

e'en the butteries

glidin mair nor uisual

such heat  -

even the butterflys

gliding more than usual

Wednesday, September 06, 2023

gairden shed

hapt in hinniesickle

...bummers' boom boax

garden hut

covered in honeysuckle

...bees' boom box

Tuesday, September 05, 2023

frae sauch tae sauch


flourishes a blae threid

from willow to willow


embroiders a blue thread

Tuesday, August 29, 2023

flutherin weengs

it the winnock  -

spaewife's forerinner

fluttering wings

at the window  -

old wives' harbringer

Monday, August 28, 2023

roon an roon

the busker

a butterie jiggin

round and round

the busker

a butterfly dancing

Friday, August 25, 2023

muin  -


on an incumin draig

moon  -


on an incoming tide

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

flee on the winnock


amang the cluds

fly on the window


among the  clouds

weet  -

snail an we unner

oor umbrellys

rain  -

snail and we under

our umberellas

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

pish-the-bed puffbaws  -

aw day quattin this perk

tae seed anither

dandelion puffballs  -

all day leaving this field

to seed another

Thursday, August 17, 2023


trappit i the bath  -

snawblindit bi nou


trapped in the bath  -

snowblind by now

burthday  -

brunt-oot caunles

on a tuim ashet

birthday  -

burnt-out candles

on an empty plate

Wednesday, August 16, 2023

it last maw chicks

quit the lum nest

...upwreilin reek

at last gull chicks

leave the chimney nest

..spiriling smoke

Saturday, August 12, 2023

aw the wey hame

tentie o dug's claggie luve

on ma fingers

all the way home

feeling dog's sticky love

on my fingers

Friday, August 11, 2023

waashin day  -



washing day  -



Wednesday, August 09, 2023


on the plainstanes  -

twa bummers


on the pavement  -

two bumblebees

Monday, August 07, 2023

tirl  -

sinlicht stoors up an doon

a wab threid

breeze  -

sunlight races up and down

a web thread

Saturday, August 05, 2023

a maw chick

aw it sea

amang the traffic

a gull chick

all at sea

among the traffic

Thursday, August 03, 2023

hou the aipple tree

daikers itsel

...peerie reid aipples

how the apple tree

decorates itself

...tiny red apples

Saturday, July 29, 2023

the day

an aipple fell

...a douce yin


an apple fell

...a sweet one

(For Sinead O'Connor)

Friday, July 28, 2023

plane tree propellers  -


fleein in

sycamore propellers  -


flying in

Thursday, July 27, 2023

snail's siller steid

suddently splittert

...siller fuitprent

snail's silver trail

suddenly splattered

...silver footprint

Wednesday, July 26, 2023


neb fou o wirms

...hedgeraw medusa


beak full of worms

...hedgerow medusa

Wednesday, July 19, 2023

a ginge gibbie-cat

on the skive

fir luve or bluid

a ginger tom-cat

on the prowl

for love or blood


stravaigins  -

sae zen lik


wanderings   -

so zen like

Monday, July 17, 2023

wull brummles  


oor hauns

wild brambles


our hands

Friday, July 14, 2023

waddin mindin  -

ilka year the roses

aye clap thegither

anniversary gift  -

every year the roses

still cling together

Monday, July 10, 2023

 the bummer's druin

i the lily's craig

...bumbazin tanpura

the bee's drone

in the lily's throat

...hypnotic tanpura

Saturday, July 08, 2023

furst puff-baw seed  -

lanely ghaist


first puff-ball seed  -

lonely ghost


croonin-day  -

a flee-by

o deuks

coronation -day  -

a fly-past

of ducks

Wednesday, July 05, 2023

Rose o Sharon -

the roariest buss

i the gairden

Rose of Sharon  -

the noisiest bush

in the garden

Monday, July 03, 2023

fellin firs -

the incense

the droosie coos

felling pines  -

the incense

the drowsie cows

sneddin roses  -

fite roses


pruning roses  -

white roses


Saturday, July 01, 2023

 wundy  -

the sauch chynges her dress

frae emerant tae siller

windy  -

the willow changes her dress

from green to silver

Friday, June 30, 2023

cauld wund  -

the burn


cold wind  -

the stream


Tuesday, June 27, 2023

gairden pairty  -

throuch the scrogs

straeberries' reid een

garden party  -

through the undergrowth

strawberries' red eyes

Friday, June 23, 2023

years bygaun

the bairns' photy

slawly dwinin

years passing

the childrens' photograph

slowly fading

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

roastin day  -

amang oor sheddaes

a droopin yin

hot day  -

among our shadows

a drooping one

Saturday, June 17, 2023

the quate burn

meets wi the clints


the silent stream

meets the rocks


the orchid's heid


...flutherin butterie

the orchids's head


...fluttering butterfly

Thursday, June 15, 2023

fush-cadger's tooter

cryin in

...fush frae the sea

fishmonger's horn

summoning from the sea

Tuesday, June 13, 2023

amang jenny nettles

a hodden flooer  -

its reidness is its blateness

among nettles

a hidden flower  -

its redness is its shyness

Thursday, June 08, 2023

troot lowps

in an oot o the burn

...siller steeks

trout leaps

in and out of the stream

...silver stitches

Saturday, June 03, 2023

doitit he liggs on clints

waasht up  -  the yin on the brae

skairs's pyne

demented he lies on rocks

washed up  -  the one on the hill

shares his pain

(Peter howson's judas)

Friday, June 02, 2023

ristin on an ashet

flet peaches  -

thair sax bare erses

resting on a plate

flat peaches  -

their six bare bottoms

ettlin tae fit

key tae lock  -

the bodach's trummlin haun

trying to fit

key to lock  -

the old man's trembling hand

Wednesday, May 31, 2023

heavin up

frae the lum-heid

a coomy craw


from the chimney-pot

a sooty crow

Thursday, May 25, 2023

speuggie keeks

throuch the wisteria

...his purpie dreidlocks

sparrow peeps

through the wisteria

...his purple dreadlocks

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

pop-concert  -

alang the wey,

gairden wa's broukit wi pish

pop-concert  -

en-route, garden walls

stained with urine

Friday, May 19, 2023

waddin day  -

cleidit brawly in fite

the haw-tree

wedding day  -

dressed in glorious white

the hawthorn

Thursday, May 18, 2023

 schuil Mass

...ah hearken

tae the rowin thunner

school Mass

...I hear

the rolling thunder

Wednesday, May 10, 2023

yestreen's pear flourish

flutherin doon  -

fite-heidit granbairns

yesterday's pear blossom

fluttering down  -

white-headed grandchildren

a patch 

o pish-the-beds  -

sum sins sum muins

a patch 

of dandelions  -

some suns some moons

Wednesday, May 03, 2023

sodger's gairden  -

pish-the-bed puff-baws

...caunles fir the deid

soldier's garden  -

dandelion puff-balls

...candles for the dead

coronation day -

abuin the burn

a crans' carnival

coronation day  -

above the stream

a swifts' carnival

Saturday, April 29, 2023

i the busses

a mistaen flourish:


in the bushes

a mistaken blossom:


in an oot

o the auld postbox:


in and out

of the old postbox:


Saturday, April 22, 2023

ristin bi the waaterside


a blae sauch-paittrened lift

resting by the riverside


a blue willow-patterned sky

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

pear flourish  - yon tig o reid

on the petals' lips

pear blossom  -

...and that touch of red

on the petals' lips

Tuesday, April 18, 2023

airlie mornin -

the blinterin licht

o the eesock's breist

early morning  -

the flickering light

of the dippers breast

Monday, April 17, 2023

voar circus  -

tits birl bi  thair neb

on threid-thin sprigs

spring circus  -

tits spin by their beaks

on thread-thin twigs

Tuesday, April 11, 2023

on a cauld mornin

the birsle

o gean treen

on a cold morning

the warmth

of cherry trees

Monday, April 10, 2023

efter the mawin

a hirplin bummer

heidin fir the gairdener

after the mowing

a limping bee

heading for the gardener

Tuesday, April 04, 2023

voar scooryin

tae brust oot  -

magnolia's olympic blinkie

spring racing

to burst out  -

magnolia's olympic torch

Saturday, April 01, 2023

cailleachs' yoga 

on the strand  -

tiggin taes...seiven muins!

old ladies' yoga

on the beach  -

touching moons!


ower the firth

... bodachs daffin it petanque


over the estuary 

...old men playing petanque

Friday, March 31, 2023

swaws rowin in


...maws on the strand

waves rolling in


...gulls on the shore

Thursday, March 30, 2023

kintra nicht maisic  -

a dug barks, twa dugs bark

thray dugs...

country night music  -

a dog barks, two dogs bark

three dogs..

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

tropical Isle

fantoush farins

...granfaither blaws on's scoatch bree

tropical island

exotic foods

...granddad blows on his his scotch broth

Monday, March 27, 2023

 a fuffy queue  -

suddently a bairn croons

...smirks spreid

an impatient queue  -

suddenly a  child sings

...smiles spread

stert o the saison  -

in the soomin puil

a lane deuk 

start of the season  -

in the swimming pool

a lone duck 

Thursday, March 23, 2023

swans  -

yin snecks sauch twigs

the ither's baggit shiffle

swans  -

one snips willow twigs

the other's pregnant shuffle

Sunday, March 19, 2023


nest biggin  -

gies a haun wi the weedin


nest building  -

helps with the weeding

frae ma winnock  -

a tod lamps by, an

ambulance ma yett

from my window  -

a fox lopes past, an

ambulance my gate

Monday, March 13, 2023

leafless sauchs  -

thair yallaness an oorie

bonnienesss i the weet

leafless willows  -

their yellowness

a strange beauty in the rain

Wednesday, March 08, 2023

echa  -

the lassie quat her sang

i the unnerpass

echo  -

the young girl left her song

in the underpass

Monday, March 06, 2023

jazz i the gairden  -

bleckie bleck bleckie broon

... a blae egg

jazz in the garden  -

blackbird black blackbird brown

...a blue egg


mornin hunds

yowlin, knackin

the bunts o freesty ghaists

morning hounds

howling, snapping

the tails of frosty ghosts

Saturday, March 04, 2023

fou muin  -

i the gairden bawdrons' een

...yalla sins

full moon  -

In the garden cat's eyes

...yellow suns

Thursday, March 02, 2023

the fush-van

feshes a snowk o the sea

tae the causey

the fish-van

fetches a smell of the sea

to the street

Thursday, February 23, 2023

fluid trock redd  -

the burn

croonin agane

flood debris cleared  -

the stream

singing again

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

roondin a bend i the burn  -

the suddent licht

o swans an snawdraps

rounding a bend in the stream  -

the sudden light 

of swans and snowdrops

covid lockdoon  -

we brunt oor palm corse

an sainit ilk ither

covid lockdown   -

we burned our palm cross

and blessed each other

(Ash wednesday)

Monday, February 20, 2023

voar sin  

a boorach

o daffins

spring sun

a cluster

of daffodils

Thursday, February 16, 2023

her gairden

fou o plastic skwurrels  -

she  fells the rael yins!

her garden

full of plastic squirrels  -

she kills the real ones!

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Valentine's day  -

twa speuggies 

halfers a fat-baw

Valentine's day  -

two sparrows

share a fat-ball

Monday, February 13, 2023

ma brunt haun hailin  -

its huil

bairnlie new

my burnt hand healing  -

its skin

baby new

craws in sinlicht  -

on the wa

dirlin graffitti

crows in sunlight  -

on the wall

kinetic graffitti

Wednesday, February 08, 2023

twa windae-waashers  -

ah suddently mynd

a cataract appintment

two window-cleaners  -

i suddenly remember

a cataract appointment

frae the yirthquak's 

derk bore  -  a peerie bairn

...caum it its hamecomin

from the earthquake's

dark hole  -  a tiny child

...calm at its second birth

Tuesday, February 07, 2023



amang the snawdraps



among the snowdrops

Thursday, February 02, 2023

swan preenin  -

a bygaun jogger

...her pink pleats

swan preening  -

a passing jogger

...her pink pigtails

Tuesday, January 17, 2023


doverin on the snaw:


asleep on the snow:

wunter mornin  -

throuch lace hingers

 jeelt brainches

winter morning  -

through lace curtains

 frozen branches

Thursday, January 12, 2023

new neebours  -

thair bawdrons veesits

weirin a reid boo-tie

new neighbours  -

their cat visits

wearing a red bow-tie

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

hogmanay rackets

brustin bricht fir saiconts

...the leal muin

new year fireworks

bursting bright for seconds

...the constant moon

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

alang the plainstanes  -

Yule treen untinselled

heeld on the buckets

along the pavement  -

Christmas trees untinselled

lean on the dustbins

Thursday, January 05, 2023

furst day it schuil  -



first day at school  -



Monday, January 02, 2023

Yule mornin  -

treen ableeze wi sparks

sae perfitly space't

Christmas morning  -

trees ablaze with raindrops

so perfectly spaced

Sunday, January 01, 2023

 2023  -

a new neb waukens

in shut-doon door-cheek

2023  -

a new face wakens

in  a closed-down doorway