Gandalf By The Fire

- Northstar

The Ring has been found
After sixty years or more
Here, in the Shire, of all places
How did I not see?

I should have known
Bilbo's story a bit too pat
A random finding of a band of gold
How did I not see?

And time is running out
Sauron's spies seeking, hunting
Pursuing this thing
How did I not see?

It cannot stay here
Yet to carry it may mean death
Or descent into madness
How did I not see?

And Frodo, can I tell him, do I dare
He is so small, somehow fragile
Yet possessing a core harder than mithril
How did I not see?

There is no fool like an old fool
And that I have become
Turned complacent by age and ease
How did I not see?