Ann (just_ann_now) wrote in tolkien_weekly,

Making Haiku

Title: Making Haiku
Author: annmarwalk
Characters: Denethor, Finduilas
Rating: G
Disclaimer: Not mine, merely borrowed.

She is accustomed to seeing him write for hours, smiling with satisfaction; so it is unusual to see him so frustrated, writing and scratching and writing; then crumpling the paper and tossing it aside. What is it that disturbs him so?

“It’s a form of poetry, quite different from anything we write. Seventeen syllables, in a specific pattern: five, seven, five. I just can not get mine to work …bother! How do they do it?”

She smoothes the wadded paper with her hand, and reads:

The sea breeze carries
Whispers of spring, to gladden
My lady’s grey eyes

“Count again, love.”
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