POEM: The Green Man
I am Osiris. I am the Green Man.
I was the first Green Man, Asar, Au Sar, Wesir.
Green like the papyrus growing by the Nile.
Green like the barley growing in the fields.
Green like the leaves that support the sweet lotus.
Sometimes I am black like the soil,
The rich fertile flooded soil of Kemet, eponymous soil.
I am the Green Man of the Black Land.
The first to die becomes the god of the dead.
That is I. First to know death, first to go west,
Killed by my brother, sought by my sisters,
Resurrected by my wife. She fashioned the part
That was missing. I am moonlight and moondark,
Black earth and green plant, a missing phallus
And an upright wand. Come to me, Antinous,
Child of Bithynia, beloved of Pharaoh,
And I will teach you how to be a god.