Friday, May 24, 2013

Into The Wilderness

My friend Petr recently made a Tolkien-inspired Ranger kit. Every part of this set is alive with his original take on Middle Earth folk art. He wanted a poem to go along with it, and I chose to do one in an Anglo-Saxon style. It speaks of a man, maybe a Ranger of Arnor, traveling alone in the wilderness, feeling unsafe, but using his skills and the gear he carries to survive the night and continue his wanderings when the morning comes. I hope you enjoy it.

Few nights have found me
by the fire in a hall,
a cup in my hand
and kinsmen nearby.
Far have I fared
through forests unknown
where sleep comes uneasy
as I stare in the dark.
Will I wake to the bite
of some beast in the night?
Or the calling of crows
on the cool morning air,
and dawn's bright glow
driving my fear?
I must trust my fate
to my fire and cover,
and when I wake
I will wander again
into the unknown,
into the wilderness.

Copyright © 2013 Myles Mulkey
Images courtesy of Petr Florianek (

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