September 11 2011

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo

“So do I.” said Gandalf
“and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide.
All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given.”

JRR Tolkien*

Those who lived to see such times

Will always remember



What then?

Do I dwell in the Valley of the Shadow

Burying myself with the dead?

Giving away my liberty

Choosing to be burdened

With grief

With regret

Stabbing a grim finger

At the scapegoat

Whose fault I have made this

Exchanging freedom for fear

Fear of more pain

Fear of death

Loss of control


Move on?

With determined step

Striding into future

Striding into freedom

Striding into life

With myriad joys

Myriad tears

Do I breathe deeply the

Winds of Change

Drinking long

The elixir of Life

Do I create a new dance?

Stepping out the sorrow

With joy

Signposting courage

Determined to learn


To grow


Becoming surefooted

Swift for justice

For God Loves more

He weeps

He Hopes in the Hope

Of Humankind


His Love the Litmus

For Loving

For Living

For Life

© Denise Stanford 2011

Sept 11 Photos by hankplank

* Quote: JRR Tolkien, Fellowship of the Ring, Book I,
Lord of the Rings, Harper Collins London, 2001 edition, p50

~ by Denise Within the Vine on 10/09/2011.

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