January

A piece from Temples fae Creels (Kettionlia) slightly changed.

wave

Oor hoose on Shore Road

Wis aye spuckled in spray

Fae waves that ripped san

Aff protective rock skerries.

 

Reek trails fae the Lothian side

Wid hing aboot Cockenzie

The power station

Opposite Fife’s gowden beach mantle;

Ony windae wis guid.

 

January wis special-waves

Slammin intae the herbour waas

Muckle white flares hingin

Afore rainin doun lik lava:

January ragin.

 

robin

 

The Robin Kata

Often he spins up to be spider-bird

Watching vertically poised above his planet

A metre over me on the wall.

 

Be it Jitte or Jiin or washing perhaps Gis out for drying

The wee chest marks a wound of flight on fence or ground.

 

Like each performance of a Sochin or Empe

Different robins dance or move to a unique internal barometer.

 

Later reflect on the arrogance of the human

That it is nature that watches us, our dance our imperfections.

 

 

 

 

Dreams Die Then..

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In SA, N. Cape with Marcus-our school Principal, a friend and Marcus’ wife. In the fantastic open spaces in NC-loved the horizons.

 

Aw things appear or gang awa

lik the soond o an echo

the clouds in the lift

the muin on the watter

the fire-flaucht, the sea faem,

the trail o a bird as it flees

or the veesion o dwams efter walkin.

Taisen Deshimaru

 

 

Last Passenger

The last person left the Prison bus

Robben Island tour over Mandela’s cell visit ticked off.

 

How history’s stream flows beyond the temporal bones

Of the dead and living or the incontinent camera-laden

 

They leave the bus headed for the ferry

(Nae a wee dart tae Iona let it be said S.T.).

 

I stay and ask the Xhosa speaking Guide

‘Now?..’

Like the rocks Madiba ground down into dust

The dream, it seems, has gone.

The steel in the secular saint’s legacy dissipated.

 

All things are possible and the impostors can gain

Even the highest podium to plunder.

 

And other leaders, other faiths must be lost

Carved, bound then found or the young breathe

‘Betrayed.’

 

Private Gentle

The Smedum Test

(This piece is from the above. I have great admiration for the courage and determination of Mrs Gentle.)

 

Private Gentle

 

(Deed Iraq, June 2004)

 

At ower six fuit yer hert,

 

Micht hae beat in a pine tree,

 

Ye deed in Iraq blawn apairt,

 

Whiles Whitehaa mandarins socht WMD.

 

 

Somme, Goose Green an mair,

 

On mony a village or toun stane,

 

A nation still bottom o Europe’s eco-stair,

 

As yer mither is racked wi pain.

 

 

Nae chiel sent fae London toun,

 

A PM’s son sent tae fecht,

 

A litmus test niver pit doun,

 

Huid up tae harsh daylicht.

 

Lik the best pub stories his muckle nieve,

 

Lik the closest family ye went in peace,

 

Lik the emptiness thae cannae believe,

 

Lik thaim we want murderin tae cease.

 

 

Throw politics and history aside,

 

 

Excuse mere wirds intae a bleckwell,

 

 

Jist A wid honour yer son Gentle

 

And tell.

 

 

An illegal war, a Party that lost its soul, June 2016.

 

 

A Riverside

Europe has many witch sites, death camps

But outside our Parliament have we this?

A silent sculpture so small it would sliver

The diamond calluses of the narrow hearted.

Where the home-grown Hungarian Nazi’s murdered

Their ain-the Danube still flows, pushes

atween Buda and Pest.

Children, parents flung to their death

Their protection for delicate feet is left.

The grandiosity of Parliament and castle

Whimpers to fit the infant slipper.

Titles Poem

FISH SUPPER

Kelty Woman causes stramash at wedding before

Ainster boy turns fish supper into £10 million pounds in bearer bonds

Glenrothes granny has waiver from Care Home to be MSP for Defence

Cupar Headteacher gets nominated for classical opera’s highest award.

 

A bampot of a Burntisland individual has destroyed the new Forth crossing

A raging Rosyth bairn has eyeballs tattooed with the Dunfermline players’ names

While a flounder the size of Edinburgh is found in Falkland estate pond.

 

Penultimate

The true Stone of Destiny has been found on Tentsmuir beach

Finally

A pensioner from St Andrews has adopted Donald Trump

Trump settles to being a St Andrews caddie.

*Inspired by an actual recent headline from a Fife newspaper; stramash-fight/scene; bampot-fool; bairn-child; MSP-Member of the Scottish Parliament-sadly now with extra Members deluded enough to think Independence is a bad idea.

 

The Rest

CRUYFF          Henry

 

Like a turn of a porpoise in the Moray Firth

A svelte arc of flesh in blue and spent foam

Thierry Henry turned dribbled, led the ball on toes like gold leaf

To set alight the firmament of this Fife soil

The Dunfermline team* left like koi beached from their pool.

 

In the week Johan Cruyff deed, a demi-god taen

A thocht o the Barcelona an Arsenal bullet’s veesit

Pace, pooer an aw the rest o the skills;

Sumtimes the game is less important

The reality of whit cuin be fer the human frame an speerit

Runs an runs ta gang free…

 

*  A pre-season visit to Dunfermline Athletic Football Club by Arsenal.

 

Nine

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Karate is a Lifelong Pursuit

 

Be guid the day an mair lik gowd the morn

Never a kata perfect, a block as fine

Nothing is etched perfection.

 

Some decades o training

later what is basic

You spy as a helix o wonders.

 

Aches bought in Dunfermline or Inverness

returning hame

Pencil to slate and gravity to kicks.

 

Mind, noo though

Mak karate servant nae master;

Life an hert come first

Or all can be force withoot finesse.

 

Glossary

Guid-good, mair-more, lik-like, gowd-gold, hame-home, withoot-without