Friday 23 August 2019


In Sherwood Forest's filtered sunlight
a shadow darts - a moving tree (?), elusive,
that you never quite completely see.

The Green Man's prophesy from centuries past:
splintered bark. Dying leaves. Poisoned earth.

Passing through the densest part
of the little that still remains,
a woman in pink pauses, shivers,
then hastens on her way.

She's mistaken Him for the rustling ferns
and wind-sigh in the trees. What did she just hear -
and feel - brushing past her sleeve?

Nothing to see.
No outlaws poaching the King's deer.
Not a sign of Herne's secret realm
where He guided all the animals, 
Elementals, and Robin's Merry Men.

Antlers of stag upon his head
and clothed in wolf skin cloak,
He's seen by only a handful who
believe, who've never lost
their connection to the green.

Herne moves swiftly from thicket to tree,
unseen by the idly curious -
those novelty seekers ceaselessly gabbling,
who never stop to listen
to the gentle murmuring, barely heard:
such mournful cries of the living forest,
whose demise they have carved in oak.

Because He is survival's metaphor,
we need to heed Herne's call:

to halt the felling of the trees
and poisoning of the waterways too,
before we find it's all too late
and into the abyss we fall.

For headlong we're boring our relentless way
to that ultimate precipice. Oh Herne,
please reawaken in our time of dire need

and rewire these numbest of skulls!


  1. Wonderful and timely.. It does seem we will need a Herne to force the greedy as well as the suffering to change, if not too late already☺

    1. Yes, such precarious times we're living in...we certainly do need a saviour of some kind, don't we?!
      Thank you so much...😊😊

  2. How wonderfully romantic this is, my dearest Ygraine.
    Herne, a phantom hunter of the forest, God of vegetation...protector of trees! How we need Him in this time of of cutting down trees and fires started by man.
    We have the future of mankind to care for and it begins in the forests.
    Beautifully written and so true!!!

    Big Hugs and Much Love My Druid understand and care.xxxxxooooo

    1. My dearest Spiritual Sister...oh I know you understand as I do...and I am so concerned about the state of the World. I guess we can only keep trying...and hope it isn't already too late...
      Thank you, my wonderful Friend, so much!😊😊

      With all my love and hugs ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

  3. We do indeed need to heed his all. SOON.
    This is such a powerful poetic reminder of a harsh truth. Thank you.

    1. Dearest Sue...yes, a nagging worry I carry with me always. I see so many things going on everywhere I look that disturb me...and feel so helpless to stop it.
      I concluded that a mythical saviour is probably our last chance...
      Thank you so much, my wonderful Friend.😊😊

      All my love and hugs ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

  4. That is so pretty abd wise, I love nature, too bad people destroy it everyday. Have a lovely day ☺

    1. Oh thank you so much, Natalia!
      Yes, it is so sad to see all these awful things people are doing to our beautiful planet...and it makes you feel so helpless, doesn't it?
      Hopefully, one day...
      Have a wonderful Sunday!😊😊

      Love and hugs ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

  5. Brilliantly and skillfully done dear Ygraine !!!!!!!!!!!!

    no matter what type you choose to write it is always flawless and intriguing

    it's not easy to captivate a mind and drag in world you paint with your outstanding expressions my friend
    but each time you do it amazingly :)))

    i have watched robin hood movie but not this series ,sounds really interesting specially though your context :)
    sending you lots and lots healing energy and love my precious friend!

    1. Dearest Baili...oh how kind you sincerest thanks!!
      It truly means so much to me...😊😊

      Oh I do hope you get to watch the Robin of Sherwood TV series someday. It is my favourite if all the series and movies. I will never tire of watching it.

      Thank you again, my wonderful Friend!😊😊

      Have a magical day!

      All my love and hugs, always ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

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    1. Thank you so much, good to hear from you again!😊😊

      Wishing you a great day

  7. The most powerful poetic dear :) Thanks for sharing
    Big hug

    1. Oh thank you so much...and thank you for your is really good to hear from you!😊😊

      Hugs xxx

  8. Todo lo que nos enseΓ±as es divino ! Me encantarΓ­a verte pronto por mi blog ! Que tengas un excelente dΓ­a ! ♡♡♡

    1. Oh thank you, are so kind!!😊😊

      Big Hugs ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

  9. I loved this and with what is happening globally, your words are quite timely.

    Great words, powerfully scripted.
    If I were a teacher, this would definitely get a ten out of ten.

    Enjoy your week.

    All the best Jan

    1. Oh WOW, that is a real compliment, Jan...thank you so much (I never, ever, received a ten out of ten for my work at school!)!!
      So very happy you enjoyed.😊😊

      Hugs xxx

  10. Also meant to say, I love the image you've used in your post.

    All the best Jan

    1. Such a beautiful tree, Jan...I fell in love with it at first sight!
      Many thanks.😊😊

      Hugs xxx

  11. Thank you, Rue!😊😊

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    1. Thank you so are so kind!😊😊

      Have a super day too xxx

  13. Many thanks, Karolina!😊😊
    Will come to visit you

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  15. Thank you!
    Yes, I really loved the dresses...and it is a real pleasure to visit your fabulous blog!:))

    Have a super weekend! xxx

  16. so so good . Somehow as I was reading it I saw an animation played out in front of me, illustrated beautifully.

    1. Oh thank you, Sandy...I really and truly appreciate this so much!😊😊

      Sending you Big Hugs ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

  17. A very powerful write! Thank you Ygraine! Truly love this! Hope you are doing well! Big Hugs!

    1. Oh Sweetie...thank you so much!
      Your kind words really mean the world to me!!😊😊

      Do hope all is good with you.

      Much love and hugs ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

  18. Oh WOW, my most heartfelt thanks...I so appreciate that!😊😊

    Hugs xxx

  19. Mi sono riletto il tuo post, molto bello.
    La natura ci regala sempre tante belle cose, noi piano piano la stiamo distruggendo.
    Buon pomeriggio.


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