These Walls – A Song

by Dec 25, 2003Poetry

These Walls

Note: This wasn’t originally supposed to relate to LotR, more to my own life. But once again I realised how much Éowyn and I share in personality, and this became her plea as well as mine.

These walls I built
With my own two hands
This fortress that slowly has grown
This haven I built
To lock myself in
These iron bars, they are my own

It wasn’t a conscious decision
I thought I was making a divider
To retreat behind when I’m feeling driven
By the beating of the wind and the fire
But the more I crept behind those walls
The harder it was to leave
And the more I built the fortress up
The more it began to encage me

These walls I built
With my own two hands
This fortress that slowly has grown
This haven I built
To lock myself in
These iron bars, they are my own

Walls have tendencies to grow on you
They may be small for a while
But once you have placed the first brick or two
It’s harder to stop than a raging fire
And somehow the walls have gotten to feeling safe
And outside is so unknown
I hold back, don’t want to venture out there
Because behind my own walls I’m in control

These walls I built
With my own two hands
This fortress that slowly has grown
This haven I built
To lock myself in
These iron bars, they are my own

Gritting my teeth, and holding my breath
I slowly tilt open the gate I have built
And somehow I have to take down this barricade-
I know I can’t do it without Your help
Why have I stayed here this long?
Why have I locked myself away from the Sun?
How could I have permitted these walls to have grown
This way–why did I lock myself in?

These walls I built
With my own two hands
This fortress that slowly has grown
This haven I built
To lock myself in
These iron bars, they are my own

Too safe have I felt in my misery
Too cozy amidst my pain
Now that I push back the locks I see
How I’ve been making it worse this way
Can You knock down my walls?
I’m ready to let You
And when they fall
Can You help me to let go?

These walls I built
With my own two hands
This fortress that slowly has grown
This haven I built
To lock myself in
These iron bars, they are my own

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