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Meayll Circle

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Meayll Circle
Time dances in a circle
at Meayll – your abstract
expressionism, an extension

of sea, rock, sky, stone
and the bones of time
in analogous colours.

My discerning eye
scans your plein air
for some dissembling

melancholy or mirth.
But all I find
is the stillness of air

like the smile
on the face of God.
The languor of the sea,

frozen in imprimatura
blue, a crosshatching
into the sky. An infinite

meld. There is no vanishing
point, just a harmony
of hues. I try to piece

together, the abstract
rock, sketched eons ago
by the sky in shadows

of flickering light
that you carefully recreate
on your dream canvas.

The water flows towards
imagined spaces –
all gathered into a single

moment of inspiration.
Is this so abstract and unreal
that I cannot really decipher?

Your brushwork is not made
of strokes but magical
moments, border crossings

into an ancient shaman time.
Now, I see this ford,
which ferries souls across,

at the break of dawn.
The giant sleeping rock,
a silent witness.

Now, I see their fires,
paying homage
to the sea and the sky -

torch lit funerals
on the hill of the rising day,
where the souls stayed

for the night and left
at the break of day.
The circle, chambered

cairns, in a ring of twelve,
secreting ashes offered
to the elements in ornate

pottery, accessorised
by flint tools and white
quartz pebbles.

You paint by day,
their fired funerals
by moonlit nights.

Only time remains
to tell the tale, dancing
in circles at Meayll.



Meayll Circle is an archaeological monument on the southern end of the Isle of Man, consisting of a megalithic chambered tomb, believed to be from the Late Neolithic or early Bronze Age. The Meayll circle consists of 12 burial chambers placed in a ring.
Meayll – translated as bare headland from Manx Gaelic