Ann (just_ann_now) wrote in tolkien_weekly,
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For the "Willow" challenge: Gilraen's Lament (A Triolet)

Title: Gilraen's Lament (A Triolet)
Author: just_ann_now
Character: Gilraen
Warnings: Sad
Disclaimer: Not mine, merely borrowed.
Author's Note: For the "Willow" challenge. A triolet is a poem or stanza of eight lines with a rhyme scheme abaaabab, in which the fourth and seventh lines are the same as the first, and the eighth line is the same as the second.


Gilraen's Lament

The wind rustles through the willows, murmuring an ancient song
Of deep roots, a broken blade, frost and ashes and a crownless king.
And my aching heart, like that bitter, mournful wind, whispers, how long?
The wind rustles through the willows, murmuring an ancient song
As I watch my child, my precious child, growing broad-shouldered, straight and strong.
He alone to bear the burdens of hope and doom; as a light from the shadows he shall spring.
The wind rustles through the willows, murmuring an ancient song
Of deep roots, a broken blade, frost and ashes and a crownless king.

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All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.


Also inspired by Psalm 137, that is to say, the interpretation of Psalm 137 in the musical play Godspell. I realize that Gilraen was an honored guest, a refugee rather than a prisoner, but I can't help but think that she would also feel very much an exile, a stranger in a strange land.
Tags: author: just_ann_now, challenge: trees: willow, character: gilraen
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