Lord of the Greenwood

Lord of the Greenwood

Carved, half-hidden,
I am the face you see
in all trees – amid the thickest leaves.
Watch ten rays of sun
sweet-talk the morning mist,
high above my pagan heart,
where knotted roots
speak a tango to twisted limbs.

Seek only the path
with no end, for lips of berry
and sunlight linger there.
Sense Mother Earth and how
she connects me to your world.
Look deep into my eyes
hear the whisper of the wild,
it is where you and I belong.

Copyright © Deborah Gregory 2015

12 thoughts on “Lord of the Greenwood

  1. Wow, that’s a beautiful photograph Deborah! Reminds me of the Empress with the Emperor above – and yet the trunk is one – and your words are beautiful thank you!

    1. Thank you so much Susan for your great comment! After I saw Elaine’s ‘Green Lady’ portrait I had to post a link. Wow, ‘Emperor above Empress, trunk as one’ that’s perfect!
      Re image, I love it too! The advantages of living with a photographer are vast! 🙂

      Okay, back to writing, back to the Emperor himself! Blessings always, Deborah.

  2. Nature gently arranges the most beautiful gifts for us wherever we may be. Your poem Deborah paints a mesmerizing scene in soft lingering colors and whispered brushstrokes so that we too may share the beauty that greets you as you wander through the magical world in which you live and dream. I love the touch of togetherness at the end. Simply amazing.

    1. Oh! I absolutely love it when poets respond and gift me beautiful verse in their wonderful replies. Thank you so much Chris, your wonderful, poetic words are truly appreciated, hope all’s fine and dandy with you! As you know I am divinely inspired by Mother Nature, ancient trees in particular and just love all the mythology around Green Man folklore.

  3. Dear Deborah, a lovely poem to read just after my night walk in the garden. There is such a great energy out there this evening. No “sunlight” but “nightlight”, and the beautiful rustling of the leaves in the trees on high. Your poem casts a magical spell that is very delightful to be enchanted by. In your comments to others, I see you mention Avebury, a very beautiful part of the UK. I visited a long time ago, when I was doing the final phase of my Reiki training, and it left a wonderful inprint in my memory. Warm greetings, Sam 🙂

    1. Thank you so much for your beautiful words Sam, a wonderful poem in themselves and truly appreciated. I just love visiting ancient stone circles. Avebury and Stonehenge, in Wiltshire and Castlerigg, in the Lake District are amongst my favourite ones. The whole mythology around the Green Man fascinates me and those trees at Avebury are deeply inspiring. Hey, I also trained in Reiki many moons ago too! Warm greeting dear poet.

  4. Hi Deborah. I must say I do have a thing for trees, especially the twisted majestic ones. I always remember part of a poem that I learnt way back in the day, it goes something like this . . . Not sure where it’s from???

    Shiver me timbers, said the Oak
    As he firmly stood and he proudly spoke

    That’s all that I can recall from the recesses of my ancient old head. Lol. . Xxx

    1. Many thanks Bathsheba, these particular trees can be found at Avebury, in Wiltshire … my favourite and totally awesome!

      Yay! I adore trees too and remember watching The Lord of the Rings and screaming out in joy when I first saw Treebeard and the rest of the Ents. Off to google those words now…

  5. Beautiful and lyrical, Deborah, opens the heart to nature’s calling, watch 10 rays of sun/sweet-talk the morning mist…

    The grandeur and sense of wisdom in that tree. This calls and speaks to me. My morning meditation. Thank you, dear poet.

    1. Thank you so much Steve for your wonderful comment, truly appreciated. This group of ancient Beeches are my all-time favourite trees! They can be found at Avebury, in England. They speak to all who visit, all who sit underneath them, chanting, tying ribbons, hanging prayers and wishes. Oh, the Lord of the Greenwood, he is the most sacred, most wisest of all trees, and today he reminds me of YOU!

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