Document 736


Author(s): Tom Hubbard

Copyright holder(s): Tom Hubbard


fir Andrzej Kostolowski

An we sall come again ti this yett
By the Stane o Walcome an the Stane o Bydin
Ti an Eden o the East, within the West.

We sall ken it as it was:
The mell of chice an chaunce
The skeelie haund an the birkie hairt

O the makar within his wark
No made, but aye in makkin
No afore or efter, but nou:

Athort the kinkin brig
Ti the tea-hoose on the inch:
"The freithy bree o jade".

An we sall pairt at the shore
Ane ti his aesomeness
Yont cedar an cypress an sauchie

Ti growe juist as they growe
Withoot their ever ettlin:
Oor lairnin's a forgettin.

By the watter-lilies an lanterns
By the deas that honours guests
By the rock whaur the sea-gull rests

Aa nou as it wis then
Sained by the God o the Ben:
Sharakuen, sharakuen.

There used to be a Japanese garden near Dollar in Clackmannanshire at the foot of the Ochil Hills: it was ravaged by weather an vandalism. Sharakuen [place of pleasure and delight] was part of it.

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Text audience

General public
Audience size 21-100

Text details

Method of composition Handwritten
Word count 186

Text medium

Magazine (e-zine)

Text publication details

Publisher Fox (Edinburgh University poetry magazine)
Publication year 1991
Place of publication Edinburgh
Part of larger text
Contained in Fox, no. 6 (1991)
Editor C Marvin, J C Grant
Page numbers 21-22

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Author details

Author id 232
Forenames Tom
Surname Hubbard
Gender Male
Decade of birth 1950
Educational attainment University
Age left school 18
Upbringing/religious beliefs N/A
Occupation Academic, librarian and writer
Place of birth Kirkcaldy
Region of birth Fife
Birthplace CSD dialect area Fif
Country of birth Scotland
Place of residence Kirkcaldy
Region of residence Fife
Residence CSD dialect area Fif
Country of residence Scotland
Father's occupation Caterer
Father's place of birth Dysart
Father's region of birth Fife
Father's birthplace CSD dialect area Fif
Father's country of birth Scotland
Mother's occupation Caterer
Mother's place of birth Dysart
Mother's region of birth Fife
Mother's birthplace CSD dialect area Fif
Mother's country of birth Scotland


Language Speak Read Write Understand Circumstances
English Yes Yes Yes Yes Everyday
Italian Yes Yes Yes Yes Work, holiday, fluency fluctuating
Polish No No No No Smattering. Work, holiday
Scots Yes Yes Yes Yes Everyday. Scots spoken in relaxed circumstances