A Brother's Love

Then suddenly he beheld his sister Eowyn as she lay, and he knew her.

"Eowyn!" my heart cries out as I see you,
"Eowyn, how came you here?"
I sink to my knees, gathering you in my arms.
My heart breaks as I rock back and forth,
Holding your limp form.
I throw back my head
And a loud roar of rage and grief bursts from my lungs
While tears stream down my face.

I remember how I promised I would always be there
To protect you--
To keep you from harm.

I trace your white face,
No colour left in your cheeks.
How pain-filled your face looks,
How full of grief--so unlike when you were young.

You were ten...with flowers in your hair
As you raced to greet me
And to tell me of your lessons that day.

"Eowyn," I cry, my heart going numb.
"What caused you to come here?
What madness or devilry is this?"

My baby sister--
I swore to protect you from everything
That night you had a nightmare.
"Do not worry," I told you,
"I won't let anything hurt you."
You snuggled close to me,
Never fearing because I was there.

I rock back and forth with you.
My forehead against yours as when we were young,
My eyes shut in pain.

Then I raise my head, my face deathly white.
A cold fury rises up in me,
A fey mood comes upon me.

I press my lips against your cold brow,
My tears drop onto your face.
Then I lay you back down
And rise to my feet.

Forgetting all else,
I run towards the battle, shouting,
"Death, death, death! Death take us all!"

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