spirit of the forest

the green man hides
face carved in church corners
protecting or appeased

large god of growing things
father and groom
his eternal dying cycles
ripen to john barleycorn harvests

if I were wild and old
as this wisdom
I would worship such a spirit

but parts of me must remember
the pagan green god
of my mothers


his name was mentioned
and I went looking for him

forgetting for a moment
I am now civilized

About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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12 Responses to spirit of the forest

  1. paulaacton says:

    As a pagan there can only be one response..blessed be. i loved it

    • Thank you! I am now going to run and hide from the Baptist police–will need all the blessings I can get if they catch me 🙂

      • paulaacton says:

        Many christian beliefs have incorporated pagan symbols and beliefs over the years mainly as it was easier to get people to convert hence why you do see the greenman in some older churches especially round europe when you think of the images used around harvest festival many are taken from far older traditions so if they come after you tell them you were talking about history not religion 🙂 If that fails I have a fast broomstick hehehe 😀

  2. nelle says:

    I’d guess because Christianity borrowed a bit from old pagan rites and such. What works for you.

  3. Ian Moone says:

    cool poetry with the green man a lot of Templar constructions incorporated that symbol as well

  4. Jeremy Nathan Marks says:

    I like this poem, especially “forgetting for a moment/I am now civilized.” I love that line for a number of reason but right I especially do because I have to read so much crap for the work I do (crap about “civilization vs barbarism”) that I love listening to someone who knows how to parrot those empty assumptions with wit and a strong aesthetic sense.

    I have come to a point where I can’t even delineate the lines between many religions anymore. Maybe it is because I don’t really care to. Or maybe it is because I actually lack that ability. 🙂

    • I think your lack of ability to draw those lines speaks to your experience of being-in-the-world that colors and shapes who you are. I have mentioned a time or two that I love that perspective–it deserves mentioning again here 🙂

      So glad you liked my foray into paganism.

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