Knock y Dhooney

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Knock y Dhooney
The landscape opens to plein air, the hills,
the white dotted sheep, the arc of the sea,
flowing in bands of aqua and foam,
the ghost boat chasing a fleeing eidolon,
the rocks sequinned with specks of light
and shade, stroked in mint, brown, grey
and silver. In the valley, an evergreen gorse
flowers in speckled yellow. The tall cloaked
man on the distant hill sings to the winds,
while the fields harvest in a riot of green
shimmer: thyme, sage and marsh whispers.
You slice the bones of time with metaphors
of sharp colour. An invading sky looms
over my thoughts, an empyrean realm dictating
divine decree to my temporal state. My exiled verse
takes wing with the clouds, mapping your palette.

Knock Y Dhooney (translated as “Hill of the Fort” from Manx Gaelic) is a stretch of farmland in Andreas on the Isle of Man. Knock y Dhooney is the Viking burial site of Athacan the Smith. (The Viking settlement on the island began at the end of the 8th century.)