Thursday, October 29, 2015

Haiku--By John McDonald--Scotland

the persimmon tree
sketching with words

halloween -
the rattling skeletons
of dead leaves

a clear blue sky -
stitching the world together

night fishing -
with the moon and orion...

a lifetime
of suns -.
the persimmon tree

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. Thank you for the wonderful haiku, John.
    Will look for Moon Over Tagoto.

  2. John,
    I liked all of these -- especially the 2nd one --fits right into the season.
    Your new friend,
    David Fox

  3. You have written a magnificent write here my friend. I really enjoyed reading your tremendous work this evening. What a terrific piece, Great work!


  4. Nicely done, John! You are truly sketching with words. :)