The Promise


Remember what I promised
When you left, my love.
You I would keep
For all Time.

But time bears all things away
Bears the world away
And leaves me in its wake.
Alone.

The cry of the gulls
Calls us away.
But no blessed realm
Can be home for me now

On the steps
You gave me back my gift.
Dark pilgrim, can you
Give me back my heart?

Starlight comes slowly
Do not light the lamps!
In the darkness I can believe
You are still here.

The fire, the wrack, the slaughter,
What's it for, my love?
My heart your castle to defend
My star a light to guide your hand.

A promise made in love
Is a fortress built of stone.
The black tide of time all else can claim
But us.

- Varda