Saturday, April 29, 2017

Haiku--By John McDonald--Scotland

grandfather's house -
stripping wallpaper
finding a strange language

barn dance -
on silver strings
spider polkas

in the window
...both of us waning

of a distant daffodil

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. Beautiful haiku,John,congratulations,loved the moon and you waning,love and light,angelee

  2. All good haiku, John
    When I was reading the 2nd one, for a second
    I thought it read spider politics.
    I laughed before I reread it.
    Great writing