The Dreamer of a Thousand Names for Starlight (cloudtrader) wrote,
The Dreamer of a Thousand Names for Starlight
cloudtrader

This is what comes of reading too much Tolkien and LotR fanfic and stuff.

Following Down
by cloudtrader

His sorrow is small
who knows not at all
the wind on Following Down.
For those who have seen
the river's bright gleam
lament the loss of Her crown.

Down river, down river
and out to the Sea;
faster and faster
She runs from thee.

But gone now forever
the lark in the heather,
and with them all joy and all Song.
The flowers are faded,
the storehouses raided,
and gone She has been all along.

Down river, down river
and out to the Sea;
faster and faster
She ran from me.

The last standing town
on Following Down
was where I last saw Her dance.
Unbroken, unmended,
Her dance never ended
until came the ferryman's lance.

Down river, down river
and out to the Sea;
faster and faster
She sent the Key.

Then crown was lost
and all was storm-tossed;
Destruction was loosed on the land.
Yet when it was over
again bloomed the clover
and bright were the beaches of sand.

Down river, down river
and out to the Sea;
faster and faster
She sings again free.
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