Voices of Middle-Earth: 5. Samwise Speaks

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5. Samwise Speaks

Another of my earliest LotR poems........ ~*~Samwise Speaks~*~ Now as I watch you sleep in this place of stones, teeth, fog, skulls and ashy dreams my eyes reach backward searching for colors as alien as smiles... blue, scarlet, yellow, green hues of flowers that glow and nod and wink around your doors and windows richer there than elsewhere more popular with bees an unending party conspiratorial and daring in league with the sun. When first I planted them I was very small and you were tall, or so it seemed to a lad of ten springs. You watched me learn grinning and proud defending me from bullies, dogs, doubts, things too real and piercing for a child's fragile garden. Songs and stories I gleaned from you riding on your back when my small feet ached with the weight of my wonder. You saw me grow, paid me well to do the work I would have done free. I called you master but you treated me as equal. You became my gardener as I was yours. The flowers you planted in my hungry soul grew lush and forceful in your unblinking light. Now I am the stronger one as I watch you sleep your cruel burden clutched in your reluctant hand, I resolve to be to you what you once were to me: your protector, your brother, your lamp and your stay; to throw you a gentle rope when you cannot climb carry you when your strength fails and drive every cold and grasping thing from your faltering bones. Where thorns abound I'll plant flowers with bright eyes and give their names to my children so they too will be filled with wonder and poems fireworks and dancing and every joyous thing that you first sowed in me and bathed in the incomparable radiance of friendship.

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: Armariel

Status: General

Completion: Work in Progress

Era: Multi-Age

Genre: Poetry

Rating: General

Last Updated: 04/19/11

Original Post: 01/09/05

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