Madman at the Gates of Dawn - Less sap, more spook.

These are Frodo's thoughts as he and Sam rest below Cirith Ungol, just before they reach Shelob's Lair. The Madman is, of course, Gollum; but the name also refers to what Frodo fears he may become.


"Madman at the Gates of Dawn"
by Corbin F. Halloway
writing as Frodo Baggins

Madman at the gates of Dawn:
I have feared him. Yes, I’ve feared him.
Close my eyes but he lives on,
His slime a curse upon me,
His whisper doomed to haunt me.

We have seen the Eye of Mordor,
Gazed into its vile light.
We have sworn upon bright metal,
Made a pact inside the night.

Madman at the gates of Hell:
I have followed. Yes, I’ve followed.
Find the ditch where he would dwell
Heartless, I command it
Then cease to understand it.

He has lived more lives than many,
Tortures I dare not conceive.
Lies to him are true, and yet
I hesitate to disbelieve.

Madman at the gates of Dawn:
I have feared him. Yes, I’ve feared him.
Close my eyes but he lives on,
And soon he’ll overcome me,
At last he’ll have outdone me.

Slowly I sink into darkness,
Nestled safely in your lap.
Shelter me a while from Mordor,
From my own heart’s deadly trap.

Guard my soul from Madman’s tendrils,
Let me feel you close to me.
Grant me some brief boon of freedom
From this dense cacophony.

Madman at the gates of Hell:
I won’t follow. No, won’t follow.
Ride your lifeless carousel,
Beat your drummed deception.
Madman at the gates of Hell,
I have one last place to hide:
Love, of which you’ve no conception,
Loyal, true, and by my side.


…end…

© 2001 C.F.H.

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