Waesum Weird – Lionel Hawes

Waesum Weird – Lionel Hawes Athout the bairns kennin their ain leid the leid o the Scots wul shuirlie dwyne awa an dee. Athout hearin an seein the leid, the leid o the fowk, in the herts an mynds o the bairns, wul gang awa foraye an we, the Scots, a Sovereign...

Quaeitly Ben – George Hardie

Quaeitly Ben George Hardie At the hicht o simmer  at the hinnerend o day  in the quaeit streets o sma toons  and kintra places  there cums a licht.    Daylicht that isna day.  A hazy, fey, licht  wi muted colours  and saftened edges  gin aathin had had  a wash o some...

Simmer Blue

 I mind on fan ye wir granite an blue lift a solid bawk tae lean ane’s bek agin, ae sunny sky tae lift ane’s speirits hei haird wark, an canny ease.   Aye haird wark cam easy yon dey lang syne fan sun an raen melled intae clementine, saft wund taiglet oot the blustrin...

El Desdichado

Frae the French o Gérard de Nerval Ah’m the schadowit een – widaw man – ayont ease, The Prince o Aquitaine tae the fawen toor: Ma sole Star’s deid – an ma lute w’starn least Hauds a dark sun peakit and door. In the lair’s nicht – ye wha made me easy, Gie’s again...

Bairn-play Villanelle

Feetikins pammer an littlins skirl Thon’s the wye the bairnies play Hug yer lugs they’re like tae dirl Watch wee quinies daunce an birl Skirts are fleein an hair’s agley Caa the ropies plain an purl Here’s the loon wi the cruikit curl Plays his lane near ilkie day He...