Tuesday, 18 December 2007

Haiku from Scotland

If Robert Burns was alive today he'd be 348 years old and probably have a poetry blogspot. And on it he'd doubtless have some seasonal haiku to go with his 'Auld Lang Syne'. In his stead P-i-R has discovered an accessible and accomplished deputy in Edinburgh's John McDonald. John, whose blogspot is called 'zen speug', has kindly given P-i-R permission to publish a selection of the latest haiku. I reckon Burns would appreciate these:

wund i the lum -
brucken airticles
stour alang the causey


wind in the chimney -
broken things
race along the street

a snell wund
the bodach hunkers
his box souchin


a bitter wind
the old man sits
his accordion wheezing

Yule lichts daizzlin
deep i the gangrel's kep
dowie broon placks


Christmas lights dazzling
deep in the beggar's cap
dull brown pennies

the auld maker
hame frae the burnside
breidnirls aye in's pooch


the old poet
home from the riverside
breadcrumbs still in his pocket

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