How Did It Come to This?

A poem of despair....and hope

I defeated your army.
I shattered your sword.
You cut it from my hand destroying my power.
how did it come to this?

My father is dead.
My Kingdom in ruins.
It betrayed me to my death.
how did it come to this?

I killed my best friend
for a shiny golden trinket.
For 500 years it ate at my soul.
how did it come to this?

It sat in my pocket.
I gave it up freely.
"I'm sorry I brought this upon you, my boy."
how did it come to this?

"It cannot stay in the shire!"
"It has taken Boromir."
"Can you protect me from yourself, would you destroy it?"
how did it come to this?

"I am the servant of the secret fire,
yielder of the flame of Udun."
I fought the balrog.....and fell.
how did it come to this?

"The same blood flows in my veins,
the same weakness."
"I do not want that power, I have never wanted it."
how did it come to this?

"I tried to take it from him."
"I did not see, I have failed you all."
"The world of men will fall, and my city to ruin."
how did it come to this?

My King is bewitched.
My cousin dead, my brother banished.
Lord Aragorn, he has fallen!
how did it come to this?

"And so it begins."
"Where are the horse and rider?"
"They have passed like rain on the mountains."
how did it come to this?

"My life is forfeit."
"The answer to all the riddles within my grasp."
"A chance for Faramir to show his quality."
how did it come to this?

"My son will not waken, he lies within."
"They have set a fire in his flesh."
"Why should we not go to death side by side?"
how did it come to this?

"Frodo, Frodo. It's your Sam."
"Don't leave me here alone."
"Don't go where I cannot follow - wake up."
how did it come to this?

The halflings have prevailed.
Gollum has fallen.
My reign of terror is ended, my power destroyed.
How did it come to this?

- boriel