Friday, August 21, 2015

Haiku--By John McDonald--Scotland

lit candles
tears as they melt -
Nagasaki day

a vase of lilies
dripping pollen
and: a Jackson Pollock

barbecue -
the sun's light sizzles
amongst the sausages

he said he saw
God dance once cranes

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. John,
    Some great haiku here. I especially liked the second one.
    Your new friend,
    David Fox

  2. Nice work, John. I really like that third one. Thank you for sharing and continued blessings!

    -MJ (

  3. I enjoyed reading your haiku, John. :)