The Green Knight

 

 

I sit my forehead against yours,

And I ask you:

‘ When will it end leaf man?’

We each draw breath

And release a united sigh.

‘ We can end it now’, you say.

I feel the leaves of your suit

Against the skin of my arms;

A strange comfort to know

That I have fought you

And know you well,

Having grown fond of

Your almost dogged persistence.

Your presence is familiar,

And I begin to recognise

Your many guises; a smirk

Fleets across your lips, and

I know that the deed

Must be done.

I submit myself to your

Leafy warmth, and

Invite you to take my head.

 

(The Book of Ariel, Chapter: Green, Copyright 1996-2013 Maria Phillips)

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