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I have been trying for several days to come up with a way to respond to the death of Osama bin Laden, and in particular my own city's response to it. Oddly enough, I was able to be calm and rational about it at first but that's now been displaced, somehow. It usually works the other way!

So in lieu of deep thoughts, I thought I would share two quotes. One from Elliot, the other from Tolkien. They come as close as anything to the deep weariness that has settled deep within me, and the deep hope.

[on finding a token from Pippin, on the race across Rohan]

‘This is good tidings,’ said Aragorn. ‘Yet the marks are two days old. And it seems that at this point the hobbits left the water-side.’

‘Then what shall we do now?’ said Gimli. ‘We cannot pursue them through the whole fastness of Fangorn. We have come ill supplied. If we do not find them soon, we shall be of no use to them, except to sit down beside them and show our friendship by starving together.’

‘If that is indeed all we can do, then we must do that,’ said Aragorn.

~ from "The White Rider," The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

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I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope
For hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love,
For love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith
But the faith and the love and the hope are all in the waiting.
Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought:
So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.
Whisper of running streams, and winter lightning.
The wild thyme unseen and the wild strawberry,
The laughter in the garden, echoed ecstasy
Not lost, but requiring, pointing to the agony
Of death and birth.

~ from "Four Quartets," by T.S. Eliot

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azalaisdep
May. 16th, 2011 02:27 pm (UTC)
I am writing the aftermath of Denethor's pyre, and it's turning out much darker (and more personal) than I ever imagined it would.

{{Hugs}} I can see why that would be tough. Sending virtual Bilbo with restorative seed-cake and tea...
marta_bee
May. 17th, 2011 09:06 am (UTC)
Thanks. I finished a first draft, and just having it finished gave me a sense of balance back. Bilbo's restorative seed-cakes did wonders.
azalaisdep
May. 17th, 2011 09:28 am (UTC)
Good - hopefully just having got it out will be cathartic. Redrafting's never so gruelling. Bilbo is very pleased the seed-cake did the trick :-)

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