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First Return (not new, but today is 10/6)

White Gull

Oct 6 2007, 5:05pm

Post #1 of 6 (412 views)
First Return (not new, but today is 10/6) Can't Post

(Frodo feels the first return of pain.)

This morning, chill, an east wind blew
And though bright leaves which fell were few,
Iced, my heart stood still to feel
The frigid pain I thought was healed.

As Fall's first frost foretells the death
Of promise borne on Summer's breath
The hopes I'd grown in light of day
In darkness wither swift away.

How strange a simple thing like wind
Could to my heart stark message send
And instantly leave stripped and bare
Soul's secrets buried deep, with care.

This first return of pain I bless -
Without it I might not soon guess
Of all the evils left behind
My own would be the ones I find

Too strong to kill, too vast to hide,
Too poisonous to keep inside,
But ever, surely, outward spread
Till all within their grasp lies dead.

That's why before an Autumn calls
With pain I can't endure at all
I'll seek the only place I know
Where leaves fall not when east wind blows.



Oct 7 2007, 1:00am

Post #2 of 6 (245 views)
Beautiful [In reply to] Can't Post

Brought tears to my eyes.

A myth is far truer than a history, for a history only gives a story of the shadows, whereas a myth gives a story of the substances that cast the shadows.~Annie Besant
Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion. It seizes a person whole, and once it has done so, he will have to accept that his life will be radically changed. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


Oct 7 2007, 3:03am

Post #3 of 6 (247 views)
New to me! [In reply to] Can't Post

I was thinking just this last week about Frodo setting out in Fall. The leaves turning color and a major change in my own direction made me think about it. He sort of heads out into a increasingly bleak landscape, without a lot of hope, but with certainty it is what he must try.

Your poem is about the end result, even though he wins through, he is mortally wounded ultimately. But he does live to see the results outside himself & the lives he has helped. Because of this he can seek his own peace.

Aunt Dora Baggins

Oct 18 2007, 8:39pm

Post #4 of 6 (299 views)
The last stanza especially spoke to me. [In reply to] Can't Post

I have a lot of trouble with winter, and your poem really hit me. Thank you.

"For DORA BAGGINS in memory of a LONG correspondence, with love from Bilbo; on a large wastebasket. Dora was Drogo's sister, and the eldest surviving female relative of Bilbo and Frodo; she was ninety-nine, and had written reams of good advice for more than half a century."
Chance Meeting at Rivendell: a Tolkien Fanfic
and some other stuff I wrote...
leleni at hotmail dot com

"Humans need fantasy to be human. To be the place where the falling angel meets the rising ape." --Terry Pratchett


Oct 27 2007, 6:05pm

Post #5 of 6 (255 views)
Lovely it is [In reply to] Can't Post

and sad, poignant, and hopeful all at the same time.
Well done.

"I am in fact a hobbit in all but size." - J.R.R.Tolkien


Dec 16 2007, 10:11pm

Post #6 of 6 (454 views)
hey wg - i remeber this and have one poem i want to send you.... [In reply to] Can't Post

if thats ok with u -
and i would appreciate all feedback


Elven by name, Hobbit by nature

'Road lead ever on and on
down from the door where it began
now far ahead the road has gone
down from where all began' -FOTR-

and through all the world has changed
the ages come and go with time
and yet those remain unchanged
unto they journey westward
over the sea...


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