Still from Lord of the Rings, showing the elves Galadriel and Celeborn‘What Tolkien Said’ and Other Poetry by Neal Dachstadter The Society December 2, 2017 Beauty, Poetry 2 Comments What Tolkien Said “…together through the ages of the world we have fought the long defeat.” Galadriel, of Celeborn Together we fought the long defeat The loss, the win, but no retreat Embossed and scalded by the fray That cost us all – but took the day. Cadence Lullaby Poplar turning, green and gold, Green and gold, green and gold, Poplar turning, green and gold, End of Summer scold. Maple turning, green and red, Green and red, green and red, Maple turning, green and red, Onion broth and bread. Oaken purple, red and brown, Red and brown, red and brown, Oaken purple, red and brown, Silent in the town. Windy breezy, blue and white, Blue and white, blue and white, Windy breezy, blue and white, Breath of brave in flight. Nod of heavy, sleepy eye, Sleepy eye, sleepy eye, Nod of heavy, sleepy eye, Fearless in the night. Neal Dachstadter is a poet living in Tennessee. His work has been printed in Decanto Poetry Magazine (UK), Western Viewpoints and Poetic Images: the Great American West (Woodinville, Washington), Society of Classical Poets Journal 2015 (Mt Hope, New York), Rocky Point Times (Puerto Peñasco, Mexico) and The Lyric (Jericho, Vermont). A member of the Demosthenian Literary Society at the University of Georgia, he deployed to Hawija, then wrote on Lookout Mountain, continuing with Delta Kappa Epsilon International. Berkeley, Ann Arbor, and Athens encouraged him as a writer. In 2015 he wrote in Arizona at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument five miles north of Mexico. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 2 Responses Neal December 2, 2017 second poem – dedicated to “nugget” – a fraternity brother’s son Reply James Sale December 4, 2017 ‘What Tolkien Said’ – a beautiful gem of a poem, and all the better for the allusion. Well done, fine writing indeed. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.