Apr. 28th, 2012

19.

Apr. 28th, 2012 01:22 am
levity: (words in the heart cannot be taken)
Watched The Two Towers with the family this evening. Every time I watch it I forget exactly why, and how much, I dislike it, because the presence of Ents should cure all ills; halfway through I go, right, Faramir.

None of which has anything to do with the poem, aside from providing reasons where none should be necessary. Anyway.

---

Lament For Théoden

From dark Dunharrow in the dim morning
with thane and captain rode Thengel's son:
to Edoras he came, the ancient halls
of the Mark-wardens mist-enshrouded;
golden timbers were in gloom mantled.
Farewell he bade to his free people,
hearth and high-seat, and the hallowed places,
where long he had feasted ere the light faded.
Forth rode the king, fear behind him,
fate before him. Fealty kept he;
oaths he had taken, all fulfilled them.
Forth rode Théoden. Five nights and days
east and onward rode the Eorlingas
through Folde and Fenmarch and the Firienwood,
six thousand spears to Sunlending,
Mundburg the mighty under Mindolluin,
Sea-kings' city in the South-kingdom
foe-beleaguered, fire-encircled.
Doom drove them on. Darkness took them,
Horse and horseman; hoofbeats afar
sank into silence: so the songs tell us.


- J.R.R. Tolkien

19.

Apr. 28th, 2012 01:22 am
levity: (words in the heart cannot be taken)
Watched The Two Towers with the family this evening. Every time I watch it I forget exactly why, and how much, I dislike it, because the presence of Ents should cure all ills; halfway through I go, right, Faramir.

None of which has anything to do with the poem, aside from providing reasons where none should be necessary. Anyway.

---

Lament For Théoden

From dark Dunharrow in the dim morning
with thane and captain rode Thengel's son:
to Edoras he came, the ancient halls
of the Mark-wardens mist-enshrouded;
golden timbers were in gloom mantled.
Farewell he bade to his free people,
hearth and high-seat, and the hallowed places,
where long he had feasted ere the light faded.
Forth rode the king, fear behind him,
fate before him. Fealty kept he;
oaths he had taken, all fulfilled them.
Forth rode Théoden. Five nights and days
east and onward rode the Eorlingas
through Folde and Fenmarch and the Firienwood,
six thousand spears to Sunlending,
Mundburg the mighty under Mindolluin,
Sea-kings' city in the South-kingdom
foe-beleaguered, fire-encircled.
Doom drove them on. Darkness took them,
Horse and horseman; hoofbeats afar
sank into silence: so the songs tell us.


- J.R.R. Tolkien

20.

Apr. 28th, 2012 01:34 pm
levity: (Jolteon and Togepi)
Glass, Blood, and Ash

I.


Please, silk-​​sister, do this thing for me.

I do not want to sit on that broad-​​backed horse,
or smell his skin, grassy and hot as boiled husks,
inside a shirt ropy with gold tassels and primogeniture.

I never wanted it. I just
wanted to look like you
for one night. It should be you
hoisted up like a sack of wheat—
I stole your ruby comb,
your garnet pendant.
It must have been
your jewels he loved.

You will like it — they will put emeralds in your hair
and a thin gold crown on your head.
They will rub your skin down to supple
like a favorite tiger, soon to be
a favorite carpet.
Your spine is fit to queen-​​posture, not mine.

It is only a little shoe, only a little lie.
It was made from a mirror whose glass
was ground in another tale.
Look into it. It surely sings
that you are the fairer.

The doves, their claws still dusty with kitchen-​​ash
brought me a knife hammered out of a diamond.

It is so thin
that a breath will shatter it,
but so sharp
that the flesh it cleaves
does not even know
it has been cut.

Give me your heel.
I am the kind one, remember?
I would not hurt you.

Please, we are sisters;
out of the same striped pelt
did our father scissor our hearts.
Do this thing for me
your sister is afraid of the man
who loves her so much
he cannot remember her face.

Hold your breath—
I shall hold mine.

I never wanted it. I only wanted to stand in that torchlight for a second. )

20.

Apr. 28th, 2012 01:34 pm
levity: (Jolteon and Togepi)
Glass, Blood, and Ash

I.


Please, silk-​​sister, do this thing for me.

I do not want to sit on that broad-​​backed horse,
or smell his skin, grassy and hot as boiled husks,
inside a shirt ropy with gold tassels and primogeniture.

I never wanted it. I just
wanted to look like you
for one night. It should be you
hoisted up like a sack of wheat—
I stole your ruby comb,
your garnet pendant.
It must have been
your jewels he loved.

You will like it — they will put emeralds in your hair
and a thin gold crown on your head.
They will rub your skin down to supple
like a favorite tiger, soon to be
a favorite carpet.
Your spine is fit to queen-​​posture, not mine.

It is only a little shoe, only a little lie.
It was made from a mirror whose glass
was ground in another tale.
Look into it. It surely sings
that you are the fairer.

The doves, their claws still dusty with kitchen-​​ash
brought me a knife hammered out of a diamond.

It is so thin
that a breath will shatter it,
but so sharp
that the flesh it cleaves
does not even know
it has been cut.

Give me your heel.
I am the kind one, remember?
I would not hurt you.

Please, we are sisters;
out of the same striped pelt
did our father scissor our hearts.
Do this thing for me
your sister is afraid of the man
who loves her so much
he cannot remember her face.

Hold your breath—
I shall hold mine.

I never wanted it. I only wanted to stand in that torchlight for a second. )

21.

Apr. 28th, 2012 10:13 pm
levity: (costume party)
Animal Functionsong

Make me a place of peace, and leisure
    spider, beaver, mountainwasp
Teach me pain's more beautiful gesture
    oyster, salmon, eiderduck
Let me survive past Time that bred me
    lemur, tapir, coelacanth
Lead me into the cared-for family
    lioness, dambear, pelican
But if I pray too huge this morning
    buffalo, mountain gorilla, white rhino
Asking one gift too outré
    tusk, milk, civet-musk, panther-silk, ambergris
Thieve me a least sweep scrap of fatback
    packrat, jackdaw, jay


- Albert Goldbarth

21.

Apr. 28th, 2012 10:13 pm
levity: (costume party)
Animal Functionsong

Make me a place of peace, and leisure
    spider, beaver, mountainwasp
Teach me pain's more beautiful gesture
    oyster, salmon, eiderduck
Let me survive past Time that bred me
    lemur, tapir, coelacanth
Lead me into the cared-for family
    lioness, dambear, pelican
But if I pray too huge this morning
    buffalo, mountain gorilla, white rhino
Asking one gift too outré
    tusk, milk, civet-musk, panther-silk, ambergris
Thieve me a least sweep scrap of fatback
    packrat, jackdaw, jay


- Albert Goldbarth
levity: (daydream team)
Arsenal, what the hell, there is only so much I can take from both of my teams within the space of one week, please do not lose this one.


ETA: It seems a bit off-putting to be relieved at Robin's finally getting around to scoring his 28th Premier League goal of the season, but relieved I am. COYG.


ETA2: Well, I asked not to lose this one. I should have been more specific.
levity: (daydream team)
Arsenal, what the hell, there is only so much I can take from both of my teams within the space of one week, please do not lose this one.


ETA: It seems a bit off-putting to be relieved at Robin's finally getting around to scoring his 28th Premier League goal of the season, but relieved I am. COYG.


ETA2: Well, I asked not to lose this one. I should have been more specific.

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