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The Kraken

Below the thunders of the upper deep;
Far far beneath in the abysmal sea,
His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep
The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee
About his shadowy sides; above him swell
Huge sponges of millennial growth and height;
And far away into the sickly light,
From many a wondrous grot and secret cell
Unnumber’d and enormous polypi
Winnow with giant arms the slumbering green.
There hath he lain for ages, and will lie
Battening upon huge seaworms in his sleep,
Until the latter fire shall heat the deep;
Then once by man and angels to be seen,
In roaring he shall rise and on the surface die.

—Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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Boromir

The River had taken Boromir son of Denethor, and he was not seen again inMinas Tirith, standing as he used to stand upon the White Tower in the morning.  But Gondor in the after-days it long was said that the elven-boat rode the falls and the foaming pool, and bore him down through Osgiliath, and past the many mouths of Anduin, out into the Great Sea at night under the stars.

For a while the three companions remained silent, gazing after him.  Then Aragorn spoke, ‘They will look for him from the White Tower,’ he said, ‘but he will not return from mountain or from sea.’  Then slowly he began to sing:

Through Rohan over fen and field where the long grass
grows
The West Wind comes walking, and about the walls it
goes.
‘What news from the West, O wandering wind, do you
bring to me tonight?
Have you seen Boromir the Tall by moon or by starlight?’
‘I saw him ride over seven streams, over waters wide
and grey;
I saw him walk in empty lands, until he passed away
Into the shadows of the North. I saw him then no more.
The North Wind may have heard the horn of the son of
Denethor.’
‘O Boromir! From the high walls westward I looked
afar,
But you came not from the empty lands where no men
are.’

Then Legolas Sang:

From the mouths of the Sea the South Wind flies, from
the sandhills and the stones;
The wailing of the gulls it bears, and at the gate it
moans.
‘What news from the South, O sighing wind, do you bring
to me at eve?
Where now is Boromir the Fair? He tarries and I grieve.’
‘Ask not of me where he doth dwell — so many bones
there lie
On the white shores and the dark shores under the
stormy sky;
So many have passed down Anduin to find the flowing
Sea.
Ask of the North Wind news of them the North Wind
sends to me!’
‘O Boromir! Beyond the gate the seaward road runs
south,
But you came not with the ailing gulls from the grey
sea’s mouth.’

Then Aragorn sang again:

From the Gate of Kings the North Wind rides, and past
the roaring falls;
And clear and cold about the tower its loud horn calls.
‘What news from the North, O mighty wind, do you
bring to me today?
What news of Boromir the Bold? For he is long away.’
‘Beneath Amon Hen I heard his cry. There many foes he
fought.
His cloven shield, his broken sword, they do the water
brought.
His head so proud, his face so fair, his limbs they laid
to rest;
And Rauros, golden Rauros-falls, bore him upon its
breast.’
‘O Boromir! The Tower of Guard shall ever northward
gaze
To Rauros, golden Rauros-falls, until the end of days.’

So they ended.

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A December Prayer

In the touch of a friend,
In the breathe of a child,
In the eyes of a soldier coming home
To his mother’s grateful smile,
In the sight of falling snow,
And the memories it brings,
In the season when you find some peace,
In the simple tender things,
Open your heart and look around, listen… listen…

Hear the song within a silence,
See the beauty when there’s nothing there,
Sing a song within a silence
That hope and love are everywhere,
And when the quiet night is falling
Watch an angel dancing in the air
To the song, the song within the silence
a December Prayer, a December Prayer.

In the strength of your hand as it holds unto mine,
and the promise that we’re not alone
In this place and time,
In the gifts that you give, I am humbled and amazed
Far beyond this day and time of year
We are in a state of grace.
Open your heart and look around, listen… listen…

Hear the song within a silence,
See the beauty when there’s nothing there,
Sing a song within a silence
That hope and love are everywhere,
and when the quiet night is falling
Watch an angel dancing in the air
To the song, the song within the silence
a December Prayer, a December Prayer.

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Poetry Friday: A Wonderful Man

Here is to a wonderful man
one who will be there when no one else can
A man who makes you laugh when you cry
and whose love will never die
 
A man like this can be hard to find
I’m so very blessed my mother found his kind
 
Here’s to my father who can make a rainy day shine
Here’s to my father
I’m so glad he’s mine
 
Happy Birthday with love
 
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Three Lads in a Stable—10 More Days

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Three lads sit in a stable and wait
One already knows his fate
the others still must sit and wait
 
And wait, must we, ten days still
to write our stories—gee, what a thrill!
 
 
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Found Again

In honor of National Poetry day, I should like to recite a poem, entitled: Found (Sequel to poem, “Alone Again“)

She looked out the window in the clear autumn morning
The happiness she found came without warning
 
On her face was that smile
she’d lost for a while
 
On her chest sat a Cross
which she also had lost
 
Sitting beside her was her new husband
“The best man,” said she, “in all the land!”
 
He looked at her, her smile was bright
it outshone every light
 
He placed his arm around her shoulder
the day was growing colder
 
She laid her head upon his chest
At last her life had rest
 
“I am so blessed to have found you,”
she whispered to her love true
 
“As am I,” he said in reply
their love shown in their eyes
 
And as it is said so many times
 for it fills the rooms with joy and laughter
the couple went on for many more years
and lived happily ever after
 

© Little Bit of This, Little Bit of That

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Believe and You Will Find Your Way

May it be an evening star shines down upon you
May it be when darkness falls your heart will be true
You walk a lonely road
Oh how far you are from home  
Mornie utulie
Believe and you will find your way
Mornie alantie
A promise lives within you now  
May it be the shadow’s call will fly away
May it be you journey on to light the day
When the night is overcome
You may rise to find the sun  
Mornie utulie
Believe and you will find your way
Mornie alantie
A promise lives within you now
A promise lives within you now
 
(May it Be—ENYA)
 
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The Edge of Night

Home is behind
The world ahead
And there are many paths to tread
Through shadow
To the edge of night
Until the stars are all alight
 
Mist and shadow
Cloud and shade
All shall fade
All shall fade
 
(The Return of the King—movie 2003)
 
 
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