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Quietly by Pearl Took

Author: Pearl Took
Title: Quietly
Rating: G
Theme: Poetry
Elements: quietly
Summary: Pippin's journey, up to the Last Battle…
Word Count: 134

Quietly



Quietly

All his life he’d heard it.

Inside he’d heard it.
Play quietly, Pippin.
Speak quietly, Pippin.

Outside he’d heard it.
Move quietly, Pippin.
Hobbit quietly, Pippin.

Quietly

On this journey he’d heard it.

Quietly, Pippin –
There’s a Black Rider near.

Quietly, Pippin –
There’s a flock of evil birds.

Quietly, Pippin –
There’s
Something in the water,
Goblins nearby
Elven guards
Orcs

Quietly, Pippin –
I told myself when the Orcs
Had Me and Merry.
(but quietly was better than screaming)

Quietly, Pippin –
While in Lord Denethor’s presence
While he wasted away before my eyes

But not quietly
When he set out to destroy
Himself and his son.

No.

I did not go quietly then.

Quiet here, though –
Where sound comes not
Where light comes not
Where breath comes not

Where I will die –

Quietly.

Comments

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meneleth
Apr. 18th, 2011 03:19 pm (UTC)
I always thought that people just got used to scolding Pippin. If Merry asked a question, he got an answer. If Pippin asked, he was told to be quiet. And so on. But he proved his worth, survived the Last Battle and I bet no-one told him to be quiet after that!
kayleelupin
Apr. 18th, 2011 05:00 pm (UTC)
O yes, well done! Poor Pippin, always silenced...

Kaylee
dreamflower02
Apr. 18th, 2011 05:20 pm (UTC)
This is so beautiful, Pearl, and captures so much about Pippin and how he related to others.
blslarner
Apr. 18th, 2011 06:51 pm (UTC)
And I rejoice that he didn't die then, quietly or otherwise! I can so see him thinking this, though, Pearl! Lovely!
shirebound
Apr. 18th, 2011 08:51 pm (UTC)
Ohhhh, this gives me chills. Beautifully written, Pearl.
armarielrozita
Apr. 18th, 2011 10:36 pm (UTC)
Excellent. But our Pippin will not go out quietly, I am sure.:)
alphien
Apr. 18th, 2011 10:45 pm (UTC)
Really fantastic piece here. I loved the constant repition, with all its connotations. Pippin's thought processes here were splendid. And the last line was just amazing. I really, really, really, like this one, Pearl!
azur_infinie
Apr. 19th, 2011 02:41 am (UTC)
This gave me chills, too. This is such a beautiful poem!
someplacetobe
Apr. 19th, 2011 05:02 am (UTC)
This is a wonderful poem, with its insights into Pippin. No, he wasn't quiet when Faramir was on the pyre, and thankfully so!

Edited at 2011-04-19 05:08 am (UTC)
foxrafer
Apr. 20th, 2011 03:41 pm (UTC)
I like this a lot and the ending is really great.
antane
Apr. 28th, 2011 05:48 pm (UTC)
Whoa - that ending! Love also the time he wasn't quiet. Bravo!

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)
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