While I've written about the Green Man twice in my diaries, and even become a sort of ambassador for him, I've only met him metaphorically. Now I've heard from some one who met him in the flesh (or maybe the correct term is, "in the leaves.")
A subscriber recently posted this on our message board: "This is my story with the Green Man. This is really the beginning of my experiences with the strange, my first encounter. I don't remember my exact age, somewhere between 4 and 6 years old. I was on a picnic with my parents and their friends. At one point, during a walk around the park, I became separated from them. I remember they didn't even realize I had wandered off. Behind a hedge I came across a black metal dome about 6 feet tall, in the side of which was a small door, exactly my height (since that time, I have searched that park everywhere but there is no sign of the dome I saw). Being a curious kid, I opened the door and looked inside.
"Since I was so young, I didn't realize that what I saw was so strange. The inside of the dome was larger than the outside, and the entire dome inside was covered with leaves. It was light in there too, with sunlight shining through transparencies and gaps in the leaves. In the middle of the room was a large black cauldron, like a witches' cauldron from fairy stories. Bent over it, looking inside, was a human figure also made completely of leaves. It noticed my presence, looked up and slowly walked over. It had no facial features or anything distinguishing, like a mannequin made of leaves instead of plastic. There were no words spoken, but I got a mental image like it was saying 'Buzz off kid, I'm busy,' then it shut the door. Intrigued, but not alarmed, I walked back to the picnic area.
"One thing I've heard about the Green Man is he is associated with art and creativity. Later on that day (the whole experience is still a vivid memory), we went to an art gallery. I'm not sure if that's where it started, but I have been an artist almost all of my life.
"I always wondered what it was that I saw, and a little over a year ago someone said, 'That sounds like the Green Man' It's quite rare to hear of an entity covered in foliage, so I guess I could say I assume it was him, and I've yet to hear of a better explanation. I have had encounters with spirits and non-human entities all my life, and I've never seen anything like it again.
"Maybe you too will meet him one day. As long as you have breath in your lungs, it's never too late."
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