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  • Jimmy Broccoli

God of the Earth, God of the Ground

The forest floor – it is covered with fallen Autumn leaves,

fallen twigs and branches – and fallen trees -

The mosses and the grasses intertwine with the dirt and the soil

a picturesque landscape awakened, alert and uncoiled

Lush vegetation, decomposing plants, and fungi all around -

It all celebrates the God of the Earth;

It all celebrates the God of the Ground

 

The breeze gently rustles the tops of the trees, deciduous

the bowing maples, the oaks, the elms - the Newer Gods, prociduous

The birds start to sing, and the chipmunks begin to chatter –

as the insects start to hum and the animals begin to scatter

It is a beautiful cacophony of glorious forest sounds -

Announcing the God of the Earth,

Announcing the God of the Ground

 

The Rabbits begin to scuttle about in their earthen lair

To then emerge topside to gather clover and plants to share

The long-eared dwellers look towards the sky to embrace the New Dawn

To announce the Light-Bringer, they thump their feet upon the lawn

The Morningstar begins to show itself brilliantly from above the mound

As the Rabbits eagerly await the God of the Earth,

As the Rabbits eagerly await the God of the Ground

 

The altar is raised, decorated with Holly & Oak

A steadfast circle is formed by the devout animal forest folk

From the firepit alongside, the flames rise high

As the animals sing loudly in unison, the sound amplifies

Not a sleeping creature in the forest is to be found –

as the animals hail the God of the Earth,

as the animals hail the God of the Ground

 

The New Gods bow down and lay down their weapons

They remain silent and defeated – as the Rabbit Lord beckons

Then, suddenly the noises from forest animals are drowned

As the Old God appears,

free from the chains from which he had been bound -

 

Then, the Rabbit Lord places around his horns an Emerald Crown

To triumphantly sit upon the head of the God of the Earth –

To be worn victoriously by the God of the Ground


Image: Courtesy of poet Johnny Francis Wolf.



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