Does anybody in here know of "the green man?" As far as I can remember, he
is often found in cathedrals of built in historically Celtic areas (including
France), usually represented as the face of a curly-haired, bearded man tucked
away in corners or among various gargoyles, etc. Anyway, I think I have read
that the use of the green man in cathedrals is a vestige of worship of some more
ancient Celtic religious entity. Perhaps someone may know a little more about
this, and may also have some idea why the ancient cathedral builders may have
retained use of this...figure...in their work.
And hey everybody!...if none of you have a good poem today, memeorize this
one...jump up on your desk...(yes, jump up jump up and get down...er...uh...)
..brandish your coffe mug...or what have you...and repeat:
The berried quicken-branches lament in lonely sighs,
Through open doorways of the dun a lonely wet wind cries;
And lonely in the hall he sits, with feasting warriors round,
The harp that lauds his fame in fights hath a lonely sound.
The speckled salmon, to, darts lonely in the pool,
The swan floats lonely with her brood in the shallows cool,
His steeds-the swift and gentle-are lonely in theirstall,
The sorrow of his loneliness, weighs heavy over all.
For in the house of Tara, three shadows share the feast,
Conn sits within the High-King's place, against the East,
Ad Criona whispers to his hound some memory of the chase,
While Connla to the harping turns a joyous listening face.
(from Ethna Carberry's "The Four Winds of Eirinn)
Be sure to be courteous and graceful when bowing for the applause and rowdy
cheers of your rallied co-workers and friends!! (...works every time...)
T/a go maith!
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