4. In This Room
In this, the Prince's room, he lays his head
within the pillow's soft embrace: his bed
a warming haven from the strictness of
his proper courtly life. There kings above
and lords below wear masks of courtesy
in faithless posing to their peers. To see,
they claim, who fully lives the law of false
promises spoken long ago from halls
no longer remembered on these far shores.
The Words of Valinor, which one adores
outright in speech, can seem tarnished after
ashen, empty years. The Lady cast her
stars too high above these hills to protect
our foolish ways and reckless hearts. Collect
again that innocence in dreams within
this room. A dream-lit soul alone can win.
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