Monday, March 27, 2017

Haiku--By John McDonald--Scotland

bomb site
the singing flies

Christmas card
from the Holy Land -
they've coloured the snow red

two dead crows -
the raised chalice
of their empty nest

on the barbed wire
wool and wind

Aleppo flattened -
my neighbour whines
over a bee sting

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. Five interesting Haiku John, Christmas card from the Holy
    Land freaked me out. I don't like blood red snow.
    snagged me like barbed wire, wool and wind.
    Keep em comming.

  2. Dear John,
    These haiku are powerful,one and all.