Forever one step from greatness
Logic ruling affections
Until my heart is bound in chains
So strong I cannot stretch out of them
Loneliness is mastery, mastery is all
Let the cries of the flesh and the heart
Be silenced forever in the demands of duty
Let pain be subsumed beneath it all
The heart is a prison with walls of stone
Trapped in this prison, as a fly in honey
I watch while my captors tear themselves apart
Attempting to reach me and free me
Fire and darkness war in my vision.
Contending with unseen enemy I fight through the night.
Stability taken from me by dreams
I am left with uncertainty by my side
Now around me the darkness grows deeper
Despair conquers, my heart is flames and frost
Death comes to claim us all
Yet I shall take uncertainty to the grave with me
This was inspired by the "Denethor Poetry Challenge" on the Henneth Annun mailing list. I wrote it while I was in the middle of a rather nasty depressive patch of my own. As a form of therapy as much as anything else, I decided to try channelling Denethor (I figured that what the hells, he's not likely to be much more depressed than I am, after all). The above is what came out of it. It's not metrically correct and it corresponds to no known poetic form anywhere, but I have a feeling that it's what Denethor would have liked to have been able to write.
It also had the nice side effect of being able to vent one hell of a lot of my depression. Hmmmm... something to remember, methinks.
Meg Thornton, July, 2002.
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