I Shall Remember
(based on Shakespeare's Sonnet CXXIII)
No! Time, thou shalt not boast that I do change;
These monuments carven by newer kings
To me are nothing novel, nothing strange;
They are but remnants of former age's things.
Their dates are brief, and therefore Men admire
What thou dost foist upon them that is 'old,'
But rather seek the ageless, my desire,
Than thinking oft of kings or hidden gold.
Thus Men and Dwarves I both defy,
Not wondering at the present nor the past;
Records crumble and under sod they lie,
Fading to dust despite desire to last.
This do I vow, and this shall ever be,
I will be true, to keep their memory.