Green Man: Thursday Doors

Green Man first appeared as an architectural element in ancient Rome, where he was associated with Pan and Bacchus.   As a symbol of resurrection, Green Man was incorporated into Medieval Christian architecture along with other Pagan images.  Victorian architects began adding representations of Green Man, along with other decorative elements, to secular buildings, where the Guardian of the Forest now protects the doors and windows of both public buildings and private homes.

many hands
gathered in circles,
tree dancing

crossed over, bridged

When I began looking at my door guardian photos, I was struck by the recurring face of Green Man, a figure embodying the relationship of humans and nature. A spirit occurring in many cultures, he has been resurrected as a symbol of the Green environmental movement in modern times.

I did a collage of him in 2016 for Earth Day.

I like the way the paired doors, of two adjacent brownstones, work together. The doors themselves are different, but complement each other.

My poem is in the tanka prose form for Colleen’s #TankaTuesday.

And, as always, find more doors with host Dan Antion, here.

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46 responses to “Green Man: Thursday Doors”

  1. D. Avery @shiftnshake says :

    How nice to be greeted by Greenman before leaving the outdoors.

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  2. Dan Antion says :

    It’s certainly a nice thing to come home to, resting quietly above those amazing doors. Your poem is delightful.

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  3. petrujviljoen says :

    I love the Green Man!

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  4. merrildsmith says :

    Those are beautiful doors and carvings. I don’t think I would have recognized that it was Green Man. Thank you for pointing it out. It seems a lovely symbol/ image to have inscribed on a doorway.

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  5. Colleen Chesebro: WordCraftPoetry says :

    You were right! I love the Green Man mythology and the depictions of him on the doors. He is also an ancient Celtic symbol of spring, or rebirth. I love how he is used over the door as a form of protection or (?)… The Victorians had some interesting connections to paganism. Your tanka prose let me on a lovely journey here: Thanks, Kerfe for another interesting read. ❤

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  6. Emille says :

    All beautiful doors! the green man was unknown to me, but i can see why he is in this time a come back:) Emille

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  7. Teagan Riordain Geneviene says :

    Kerfe, this is marvelous. I’ve long enjoyed the legend of the Green Man. Although, I had not realized it was such a widely used architectural element. Well done. Hugs on the wing.

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  8. sustainabilitea says :

    Love the doors and your collage as well!


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  9. Suzette Benjamin says :

    Wonderful information and lovely tanka. “Illumination” is indeed all about what one sees. I enjoyed your sharing. Thank you!

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  10. balroop2013 says :

    Those doors are beautiful Kerfe, thanks for an informative and interesting post. I didn’t know anything about the Green Man. Nice tanka that complements the architecture!

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  11. harmonykentonline says :

    I love the mythology of the green man. Great images and Tanka Prose, Kerfe 💕🙂

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  12. robertawrites235681907 says :

    This is very interesting, Kerfe. I’ve not heard of the green man, but the link to going green is obvious.


  13. boundlessblessingsblog says :

    Beautiful doors and poems Marta

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  14. alethakuschan says :

    Sculptures are the enchantment of cities. These are especially wonderful. Many hands that create beauty, some of them completely unknown.

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  15. melaniereynolds says :

    I always love your door posts, but I especially love this one about all these green men found on inner city doors. Fascinating! I love your collage too!

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  16. memadtwo says :

    I never knew that. You are so esoteric. N.


  17. Bela Johnson says :

    I absolutely love that collage! And I am amazed to learn something new about Green man in architecture in the US! What a great theme! Yay. 🪴❤️

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  18. judeitakali says :

    Beautiful work on the tanka prose, and an interesting piece, and images. There are some green people in African history but most are female.

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  19. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. says :

    I love the symbolism of the green man and would love to have as part of our doorway. really enjoyed your tanka prose Kerfe thank you.

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