Listen

For Arwen

Listen, my heart.
Hear the waves
Crashing on the rocks
By the Western Sea
Calling me away.

Hear, my heart
How my father calls
Lost in sadness
Requesting that I
Do not add to his grief.

Listen, O heart
To thunder at nightfall
Echoing down the valley
Sweeping the wet trees
Of beloved Rivendell

Hear too in trembling,
Another thunder. Shield
On shield, spear clash
With spear. His voice
Above the fight, calling me.

Hear yourself, my heart
Yearning to be free
To follow him
To leave behind
The gilded realm of Elves

Hear now my heart
His promise
Sweet as darkness.
My star fades in his morning
And we are lost in love.


- Varda