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GreenMan

Acrylic on Canvas 2003

‘The Green Man Looks on’
Poem by Eric Payne www.ericpaynefolksongs.co.uk

Dowse the lantern, new dawn is at hand,
The team is a-waiting to plough the good land.
Three abreast, they shall stumble and nod,
Heaving the share through the heavy clay sod.

The Green Man looks on,
And he smiles from the copse as the cycle of death and re-birth never stops,
The wheel of the year,
Turns again and the mythical man watches on.

Hour after hour the neat furrows climb,
Like the strings of a harp in a regular line;
Till needful of rest, all labour must wait,
The horses have nosebags, the ploughman his bait.

The Green Man looks on,
And he smiles from the copse as the cycle of death and re-birth never stops,
The wheel of the year,
Turns again and the mythical man watches on.

Yet steadily on until late afternoon,
The chains chack relentlessly into the gloom,
Till reins through the cringle, less urgent confirm,
The voice of the Ploughman to take the last turn.

The Green Man looks on,
And he smiles from the copse as the cycle of death and re-birth never stops,
The wheel of the year,
Turns again and the mythical man watches on.

Then away with the harnesses, off with the plough,
For sweet scented hay bids the steaming team now.
From their stable the low lantern light,
Passes out through the door with the Ploughman’s “Goodnight”.

The Green Man looks on,
And he smiles from the copse as the cycle of death and re-birth never stops,
The wheel of the year,
Turns again and the mythical man watches on.
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Araiko-O Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
'' The Green Man looks on,
And he smiles from the copse as the cycle of death and re-birth never stops,
The wheel of the year,
Turns again and the mythical man watches on. ''

And when the cycle comes to the end, all the green men and women will be blessed.
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DougSirois Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
:-)
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RobertGill Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
Really like this one. When I actually start making money being an artist, I'm totally gonna buy a print of this.

Might be awhile though.
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DougSirois Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
It takes a while for all of us ;-)
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