Frodo's Smile

- You-Shall-Not-Pass
I know why
Frodo doesn't weep
at Journey's End

Pain, a constant companion
unwelcome, unbidden
but always inside, always
making for unpleasant company
Both in body and in mood

Anger!
Guilt
Sorrow

Biting, burning, hurting
Neverending gnawing
Lashing out


Anger!
Guilt
Sorrow

Friendly companions
would have us to stay
awhile longer

Worries
Of a time
which may come to pass
Causing burdens too great
for loved ones to share
Yet, they would.

Guilt
Sorrow
Anger!

No relief

Years pass

No relief

Instead, ever advancing
as an oncoming enemy:
The pain worsens
from old, old injuries
never fully healed.

No relief
No relief
No relief

Until...

Finally

Frodo reaches
Journey's End

and Smiles.