Monday, March 11, 2013

The Myth of the Green Man

Today, another encore post from March 2012. 
Reading over blog posts from this time last year, 
I'm surprised to see how much further along we were with spring then
as opposed to where we are this spring.
Daylight Savings Time coincided with the first spring-like temperatures 
we've enjoyed so far this year.
Perhaps the green of spring isn't so far away after all.

There is a mythological figure in Celtic folklore called the Green Man. 
The Celts and Druids considered the Green Man the god of Spring, 
as he was said to bring forth new life from the dead ground of winter.
The symbol of the Green Man, a face surrounded by leaves, 
still graces the cornerstones of many medieval churches and cathedrals in England.
While I haven't seen his face enshrined here,  
I have seen his magic:

in emerald green grass

in tiny white blossoms on deep green leaves

and white flowers on chickweed.

And in sheets of moss growing  under the trees

and honeysuckle before it blooms.

According to legend, the Green Man arrives
when sunlight shines on blades of grass.
Listen long enough and you may just hear him whispering.

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