Monday, June 8, 2015

Haiku--By John McDonald--Scotland

fat cat
loses again
...sparrows sit singing

a goose feather
on the wind

widower -
in his wedding ring
Easter candles flicker

full moon -
a homeless man's plate
licked clean

funeral Mass -
in the chalice
a dead fly

John McDonald is a retired stone-mason who came to haiku in the mid-nineties. He fell in love with the genre immediately. Being a writer in the Scots language this genre fitted so well with Scots: a language steeped in rural life and having a natural succinctness to it. John has his own blog in Scots, with English versions:  He enjoys being involved in translations, working with the very fine Irish poet Gabriel Rosenstock on various ventures, the most recent being translations into Irish and Scots of the great haiku poet Buson: Moon over Tagoto and has appeared in many anthologies.


  1. Hello John. Nice haiku. I really enjoyed them all. Thank you for sharing your creativity and continued blessings!


  2. Dear John,

    It's so good to see you already have some wonderful thoughts from Maurice on your haiku. Welcome to Whispers! I hope you enjoy your time spent here. Please let me know if you have any questions. Best wishes with all your writing endeavors.


  3. Thoroughly enjoyed these and look forward to seeing more.

  4. John,
    Liked these,
    especially #1-#4.
    Your new friend,
    David Fox

  5. John, Welcome to Whispers. I really liked all the Haiku, so well written and creative. Very well thought out. Thank you for sharing your talent with us here on Whispers.

  6. Wow, John, such creative and invigorating pieces. I really enjoyed the first one, it was very clever. They all were very good! Great work.

  7. Enjoyed them all too. A new look at the familiar Will always keep the reader interested. Thank you for sharing these. Ralph

  8. Okay, John... You own the moment here, for commence to closure... brilliant closure.

  9. These were wonderful, thanks for sharing!

  10. I commented on this poem too and somehow it got lost in cyberspace John. It is superb! aloha, Connie