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15. In a Handful of Dust

Day 31: you wake up as a citizen of M-e and have a choice: yesterday or tomorrow?




Yesterday, says the rage that would not spare a drop of treelight for a new day.

Yesterday, sings the sevenfold castrati chorus, that each day, for an Age, cuts a little more of life's weave down to one fatal thread.

Yesterday, recalls the miserable Night, that would swallow its own tail so as not to be born.

Yesterday, dream retentive elven hands that cast their Rings.

Yesterday, claims pride in its poverty, that has but torch and dagger left to give.

Tomorrow, demands love that heeds no loveless limit, not even death.

Tomorrow, trusts faith, and shakes diamonds from the soles of its shoes.

Tomorrow, prays repentance, and gladdens killing fields with a princely gift.

Tomorrow, vows loyalty that dares a door and dies raising a dawn.

Tomorrow, cries pity providential, for Shire and its Shadow, and all the creatures of the world, who know not what they do...
Final notes and such to stories

Chapter 2:
All She Wants To Do Is Dance - by Don Henley

Chapters 3, 6, and 11: As always, Andrahar belongs to Isabeau, but thank you for allowing me to play in your sandbox!

Chapter 13: is caught between Aristotle and Hegel in its title and summary, respectively.

Chapter 14: Line 30 of The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot.

"Diamonds on the soles of his shoes" - image by Tolkien, lyric by Paul Simon.

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: Dwimordene

Status: General

Completion: Ongoing Serial

Era: Multi-Age

Genre: General

Rating: General

Last Updated: 04/14/09

Original Post: 03/07/09

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