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Wednesday, 27 May 2020

THE GREEN MAN

Watercolour by A.P. Barrow

He was never meant to be a cartoon character.
He is a noble Spirit of the Forest
to all those whose minds have remained open
to the Old Gods, the old ways of the Ancestors.

Still, he remains our powerful protector,
one of our greatest teachers: Nature's map
of the cosmos within each Soul,
clothed in leaf and bark and vine.

Vibrant green and composed of Oak,
he is Herne's messenger - less a creation of man,
more pure Elemental: wildly loyal
to the Druids of Clas Myrddin, both past and present.

And how he gasps at our selfishness, bleeding sap, as our
wanton destruction of this precious blue globe tortures him.
Now, more than ever, we need to unearth our roots.
He is our final, our only, hope.


41 comments:

  1. Ygraine,
    May the noble spirit of the forest find the answers within each soul, translating the past and present of each one of us. And then, let him rest in his sigh of relief (but without being selfish), so that we can all continue to discover the right roots to leave this forest with new future hopes.
    Very good your text!
    You live in my heart without paying rent!
    Many kisses!!!

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    1. Oh WOW, you are so kind, Doug...my most heartfelt thanks!😊😊
      In your heart I have found a refuge...

      Many Kisses xxx

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  2. How very true.
    He is elemental. Beautiful. Powerful. And demands respect (and we would ALL be better off is he received that respect).
    Huge hugs.

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    1. Oh you are so kind, Sue...thank you so, so much!!😊😊

      Sending you much love and hugs ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

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  3. Thanks for your sharing 😊

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    1. And thank you so much for reading...I really appreciate it!!😊😊

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  4. Very powerful writing ...and such a nice art piece.

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    1. Thank you so much, Sandy!😊😊
      The artwork is my hubby's handiwork!

      Hugs xxx

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    2. That's cool, Ygraine. Your husband has a talent for painting 👍

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    3. Thank you, Himawan...he is delighted that you liked his painting! 👍👍

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    4. Your welcome, Ygraine 🙏.
      Greetings of friendship from me to you and your husband.

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  5. Love it. I can spot them sometimes on trees.

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    1. Thank you!😊😊
      I often see them too...in lots of different sizes, in bushes and trees!😉

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  6. I love it as always and the picture is so unique! Stay safe and healthy everyone ☺

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    1. So happy you enjoyed, Natalia...and many thanks!😊😊

      Have a lovely weekend...and stay safe.

      Hugs xxx

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  7. Our selfishness, in fact, is an evil sap that destroys the best of nature. Wait for the Forest Spirit to help us ...?
    I really liked your poem, it's brilliant. Your poetry is very strong and, at the same time, extremely sensitive.
    Dear Ygraine, have a nice weekend.
    Kisses.

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    1. Oh WOW, you really make my nocturnal slaving over words worthwhile, Jaime...my most heartfelt thanks!😊😊

      Wishing you a fabulous weekend too, my friend!

      Kisses xxx

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    1. Oh thank you, Anthony...so much!
      So happy you enjoyed...😊😊

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  9. I like the art …
    I like the poem …

    Thanks again Ygraine, wishing you a happy Friday and a good weekend ahead.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Oh I am so glad you liked it,Jan...and thank you so much!😊😊

      Wishing you a super weekend too...

      Hugs xxx

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  10. Poignant and touching poetry dear Ygraine !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    i share your grief for the destruction of nature and for the opposing laws of nature by man
    you said it so beautifully and powerfully as always my dear talented wonderful friend!
    we are part of nature and by going against this fact we are cutting the branch on that we have nested this is pitiful indeed
    i wish we can realize that Loss is all our's
    hope you doing good by the grace of Lord my friend
    wishing you more joys and peace with ever lasting health!
    hugs

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    1. My dearest friend...it is almost as if we read each other's thoughts! That is exactly how I feel about our callous disregard of Nature...and it's deep disrespect for our Creator.đŸ˜ĸ
      Whenever I see trees being torn down, it gives me such emotional and even physical pain. When, I so often ask, will mankind understand...that what we do to Nature and to each other, we do to ourselves also?
      Such a sad state of affairs...
      Oh thank you so much for your understanding, and such kind words...I appreciate it so much!😊😊

      Wishing you and yours much happiness and health too!

      All my love and hugs ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

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  11. He is gorgeous!
    God bless the mighty oak and the green-man.
    Thank you for sharing my artistic and talented friend ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

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    1. Oh I am SO glad you like him, dearest Jan!!
      Yes, a blessing much needed in these mad times we are living in!
      Oh thank you so, so much, my dear friend!😊😊

      Sending you all my love and hugs ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

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  12. A nice mix of poetry and art in painting.
    That's great 👍

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    1. Oh thank you so much, my friend!!😊😊
      So happy you liked it!

      Have a super weekend 👍👍

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  13. A poem inspired by a painting. It seems that the poem was created to complete the painting, but it is certain that the painting was also created as a result of some Speech, written or oral.

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    1. Yes, indeed, the painting was based upon the ancient tradition of a Forest Guardian.
      This is the craziest Green Man I have ever seen though!! 😉😉
      Many thanks!

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  14. What an intriguing poem to come from the painting - or painting from the poem! Both great creative artworks :)

    Hope you are having a great weekend :) We celebrated our wedding anniversary yesterday, just at home with takeaway but it was nice :)

    Away From Blue

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    1. Aww, thank you, Mica...so much!!😊😊

      I am so glad you enjoyed your anniversary at home. We did the same back in March, and it made a nice change!

      Have a super day!

      Hugs xxx

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  15. Beautiful art
    Beautiful picture
    Nice poetry
    Nice article..

    Greetings
    Have a great day..

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    1. Aww, thank you so much... I'm really happy you enjoyed...😊😊

      Stay safe and happy, my friend!

      Hugs xxx

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    1. Many thanks...I so appreciate that!😊😊

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