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Green Man

He treads lightly

through Pencelly forest.

If your sight is clear

you may see him slip

between trees

in slants of sunlight.

 

Night

and a silver script

patterns the forest floor.

Only the Green Man

can read the moon’s

cynghanedd.

First published in Come Back to Avalon. Starborn Books, 2011, with kind permission of Ann Byrne-Sutton’s family and the editors of Starborn Books.

The late Ann Byrne-Sutton was born in Glastonbury and studied medicine in Bristol. She and her husband, both keen mountaineers, moved to Geneva in 1961. In 1988 she sailed the Atlantic both ways in a ten-metre yacht, as a crew to a woman climbing friend. She settled in Pembrokeshire, completed an MA in writing at Glamorgan University, published High June (2002) and Come Back to Avalon (2011). She was a founder member of PENfro Poets.