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Green Man in the Garden – By Charles Causley


By Charles Causley


Green man in the garden

Staring from the tree,

Why do you look so long and hard

Through the pane at me?


Your eyes are dark as holly,

Of sycamore your horns,

Your bones are made of elder-branch,

Your teeth are made of thorns.


Your hat is made of ivy-leaf,

Of bark your dancing shoes,

And evergreen and green and green

Your jacket and shirt and trews.


“Leave your house and leave your land

And throw away the key,

And never look behind,” he creaked,

“And come and live with me.”


I bolted up the window,

I bolted up the door,

I drew the blind that I should find

The green man never more.


But when I softly turned the stair

As I went up to bed,

I saw the green man standing there.

“Sleep well, my friend,” he said.


My thanks to Steven Sherratt for reminding me of this wonderful poem that I last posted nearly ten years ago. As the seasons turn and winter fast approaches I think it is the perfect time to remind ourselves of Charles Causley’s wonderful verse.