Elrond's Farewell: 1. Elrond's Farewell

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1. Elrond's Farewell

You dance tall in a shaft of joy
that magnifies your beauty
thousandfold, your bridal gems
as dewdrops on a glowing rose
taking voices in the concord
of your light. You hover
as a single planet that stars
scarcely dare approach
and I can but engrave the image
upon the stark and aching
vessel that is my heart,
to preserve it through
countless ages bereft
of your motion and bliss.

Newborn, you emerged
as the glimmer of a perfect eon;
at your first smile I saw
the spark of infinity
and careless majesty
and ineffable longing
in your star-stippled eyes
but also a universe of blades
piercing my fatherhood
for the duration of my breathing.
My heart was a fragile pitcher
balanced on your shoulder
as you whirled and capered
in your maiden dance, holding
it with negligent tenderness until
another came and took your hand.
Then finally unwilling
you let me fall
as I always knew I should.
And now we part for eternity,
and all I have left
is the painted glory
and the small solace
of your happiness
to hold in my damaged arms.

So must it ever be, as you
will learn for yourself, my daughter;
although I would have spared you,
you would have none. Your feet
now bleed as they step
on my shards, yet your dance
goes on, as I would have it so
as long as it may. Each piece
glows with pride in your courage,
yet burns with the knowledge
that someday you will be
as I am now, lying shattered
in the intricate wake
of heedless feet above you.

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: Reviewed

Completion: Complete

Era: 3rd Age - Post-Ring War

Genre: Poetry

Rating: General

Last Updated: 09/19/07

Original Post: 09/14/07

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