The Fellowship Of The Burned

Burned into my mind,
On leaving the Shire,
His gentle words;
'Come on Sam. Remember
What Bilbo used to say..'
If only we
Could have that time back.

Burned into his mind
A wheel of fire
A ring of pain
Till naught else
Could he see
Not even me
In the land of shadow.

Burned into my heart
His fading words,
and fading life
Held in my arms
Light as a bird
'Live my story, Sam!'
And pass beyond burning.

- Varda