His leafy crown grows golden buds as Rain
Begins to fill her forest lover’s heart.
The weather warms and cools again and again,
Just as his heart is warmed and cooled in part.
When warming up, he reaches out his tendrils,
Digging deep and waking all the trees,
But in the cool, he sleeps and dreams of petals
Blossoming and falling into the sea.
And through the Sun, he sends his greening power
Into elm and oak and maple, rowan, birch.
He makes them pregnant at the proper hour.
Yet he cannot be found, no matter how hard we search.
He’s the Green man, and he was once our friend,
And we may yet know him, before the final end.

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The featured image is “Early Spring—Bluebonnets and Mesquite” (1919) by Julian Onderdonk (1882–1922) and is in the public domain, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. It has been brightened slightly for clarity.

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