Frodo's Lament

I journeyed through forests dripping tears
Mould and murk and ancient fears
And I rested my head on ancient bark
And the light from the moon was cold and stark.

And the light in my heart was colder still
For terror grips what 'ere it will
Perhaps my heart had turned to stone
For the cold of it seeped right to the bone.

Grey and eerie swiriled the mist
Precious, my precious the reedy voice hissed
And I rested my head on ancient stone
And the cold of it seeped right to the bone.

I journeyed through mountains seething hate
Gaunt and dead and threatening fate
And I rested my head on ancient ground
White face in the sky was cold and round.

And the hope in my heart was small and dry
Not a single tear left for it to cry
Perhaps my heart had turned to dust
To blow in the wind in a world unjust.

I journeyed on roads wetted with blood
Dirty, exhausted, spattered with mud
And I rested my head on ancient dust
As it blew in the wind in a world unjust.

But light travels lighter and faster than dark
Just as moss grows slowly on ancient bark
And promises made are promises kept
For I rested my head but I never slept.

And molten rock and fiery death
And ashes and heat like dragon's breath
And plunging furnaces burning deep
A promise once made is a promise to keep.

For dark cannot fester where light does shine
So recede the places where evil could dine
For a promise once made is a promise to keep
And I closed my eyes but I did not sleep.

He stood beside me, my dearest friend
He held close to me right to the end
We smiled through the ash, we had both done our best
I closed my eyes but I could not rest.

At last we returned where all knew our name
We had journeyed through forests and mountains and flame
And the hillsides were green and the sky was bright blue
And children were playing the way children do.

I rested my head on ancient wood
And my heart was light and the world was good
For promises made were promises kept
And I closed my eyes and at last I slept.

- Aussie Hobbit