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Calf of Man

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Calf of Man
All the water, realising it was day, flowed around
the Calf of Man through seal colonies, gorges and rocks,
lowing in calf sound, until it reached the open sea.
In little eddies, tide swells and ebbs, it washed the land
with the bones of time. The blue of the rocks clinging
on to the green of the grass, the brown merging with
the forgotten sky. It was noon, when the water reached
the sea and shook the salt from its restive waves. On the banks,
time got up and spread himself in hazy cubes and vague circles,
lit a pretend fire and dried his hair. There was myth there
and a triskelion legend that muttered: Quocunque Jeceris Stabit
in a strange tongue. An unreal bird, with eerie cries, painted
the air with megalith motifs of shearing flight and a strange
old man, chanting in swirling mists, covered time in Celtic song.




Calf of Man – is a small island off the southwest coast of the Isle of Man, separated by a narrow stretch of water called the Calf Sound. Sound is technically a strait. The artist Carola Colley has featured this landscape in her abstract painting, Calf of Man, one of eight in the Bones of Time series.
Triskelion or triskele -This is the symbol of the Isle of Man, also called “the three legs of Mann.”
Quocunque Jeceris Stabit – Latin for “Whithersoever you throw it, it will stand.” This is the motto of the Isle of Man.


{Acknowledging - Jennifer Copley}