Mechtild (mechtild) wrote,
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Sammath Naur Pt. 9: ‘Don’t You Let Go’, plus jan-u-wine’s “In the Garden of the Mind”.

~*~



More super caps of the same scene. In this set, Frodo looks as if he is just beginning to be persuaded by Sam's pleas. His face is so incredibly expressive. It has so much sorrow, yet the flickering of hope is there. The tiny spark of it makes my heart twist. "Fan it, fan it!" I want to shout to Sam, although I know he will. I love the caps of the hands, too, which is why I included them. They say so much, yet with such economy. They remind me of visual poems.

Speaking of poems, I know I keep saying, "This poem of jan-u-wine's is my favourite", but I can't help it. I suppose each is my favourite, but insofar as each depicts a specific moment in Frodo's inner story.

In the Garden of the Mind is set after the Quest has just been accomplished. In small telling details it portrays the freshness of the world around Frodo, in the White City renewed by spring, and he is appreciative of it. But his mind is drawn away, drawn to contemplation of his dark but recent past, to a vague but beckoning future, and back to a present made possible by the love of his faithful friend and gardener.


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Sam: Don’t you let go!


























































Sam: Don’t let go....





























In the Garden of the Mind

~ by jan-u-wine


Now that we have come to the end
and more,

more
than the end,

I find
my mind
wandering
to places
and times
I have never known.

Questions,

curious questions
I never
thought
to ask
weigh upon me.


The fierce gold
of the sun
warms my hand
as I write,

(bemusedly,
I see the clean space there,
redeemed by the blank purity
of the page) ….

flowers which have no names
spill scent
into skies
wakening to Spring.

Voices...

voices
of people....

of birds.....

(even the trees,
I have learned,
do
speak)

I hear them,
close......


far away--


murmuring,
singing,
whispering
of ages long passed.

They pull at me.

Somehow,
they want
me
to come to them.

Only yesterday,
there were
decisions
to be made...


No....
better said
that
the only
choice
left
fell,

(but not
to me) …..

fell
into Darkness,
and I.....

to Light.

Did you know,
Sam,
that I was not
with you
then?

Did you know
that had your strong
hand
not
held me
to this place,
that my life
would have flown with his?

Did you know,
even now,
part of me
wishes
it had?

The Sun
warms the
small
inconsequence
of my body
as my words
drop
upon the page:

how can I
tell you
and
make you
understand,
Sam....

the world
is a confusion
of light
and sound,

taste
and smell…..

It is an ancient,
tangled
forest
of good
and evil,

Light
consuming
Dark,

night
erasing
day.

How can I tell you
how the weary circle
that turns the wheel
of my mind

stops

and
remembers
what it means
to be
alive.....

Sam,
it stops
and
considers
the world again
because,
on a day
that divided
body and spirit,

Dark
and
Light,

on the very edge,
when it meant
more
than death,

my eyes
looked
into the simple
depth
of yours
and saw
the sweet green
promise
of Home
sleeping there.


Samwise.
My gardener.




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Entries in this series:


~ Sammath Naur Intro: "Why I fell for Frodo” ~ Main essay for series (this essay is friends locked).

~ Sammath Naur 1: ‘I’m here, Sam.’

~ Sammath Naur 2: ‘Throw It in the fire!’

~ Sammath Naur 3: ‘Just let It go!’, plus three poems by jan-u-wine.

~ Sammath Naur 4: ‘The Ring is mine’, plus jan-u-wine’s “That Which Is My Own”.

~ Sammath Naur 5: Gollum Bites, plus jan-u-wine’s “Frodo’s Remembrance of Gollum”.

~ Sammath Naur 6: Gollum Falls, plus essay on Gollum’s oath.

~ Sammath Naur 7: ‘Give Me Your Hand’, plus jan-u-wine’s “Within the Chamber”.

~ Sammath Naur 8: ‘Take my hand’, plus jan-u-wine’s “The Claiming".

~ Sammath Naur 9: ‘Don't you let go’, plus jan-u-wine’s “In the Garden of the Mind".

~ Sammath Naur 10: ‘Reach’, plus jan-u-wine’s “And I Don’t Mean To".



Other Tables of Links:


~ Entries with jan-u-wine's poems.

~ Frodo & Elijah Wood screencap entries



~ Mechtild

Tags: frodo screencaps, jan-u-wine, return of the king
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