Steel and Flame: 1. Steel and Flame

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1. Steel and Flame

When first your lover I became,
your heat the temper of my soul did try.
I thought you made of steel and flame.

Beaten on the stone of shame
for passions I had long sought to deny,
when first your lover I became.

Your bright and glitt’ring edge all blame
did cut from me and healing balm apply.
I thought you made of steel and flame.

So blade to blade, together slain,
our strength the fire that at the core did lie,
when first your lover I became.

I never thought the dark could claim
desire; life ebbs as in my arms you lie.
I thought you made of steel and flame.

Your sword is broken, and the frame
of worlds. I did not think that you could die,
when first your lover I became.
I thought you made of steel and flame.


Author's note: Thanks to mil noldoris who posted the idea on the newgroup of adapting Edna St. Vincent Millay's lovely poem "Beloved Dust" to the ME universe. Her poem contains the lines "This body of flame and steel, before the gust/Of death..." And thanks, as always, to the encouragement of the folks at Verse-and-Adversity; and especially to Tay, for specific suggestions, and whose Blade is always Boromir for me now.

This is a work of fan fiction, written because the author has an abiding love for the works of J R R Tolkien. The characters, settings, places, and languages used in this work are the property of the Tolkien Estate, Tolkien Enterprises, and possibly New Line Cinema, except for certain original characters who belong to the author of the said work. The author will not receive any money or other remuneration for presenting the work on this archive site. The work is the intellectual property of the author, is available solely for the enjoyment of Henneth Annûn Story Archive readers, and may not be copied or redistributed by any means without the explicit written consent of the author.

Story Information

Author: flick

Status: Reviewed

Completion: Complete

Era: 3rd Age - Ring War

Genre: Poetry

Rating: Adult

Last Updated: 07/14/03

Original Post: 07/06/03

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