Christianity and Middle-Earth

Thursday, May 08, 2008

THE BRIDGE OF KHAZAD-DÛM

~A metaphor for Kalimac~


o near, so near, so far away,
The birthing, dawning grey of gloom
Speaks unveiled Light and Door to day—
There is no bridge in Khazad-dûm.

Behind, the weird of drumbeats calls,
The shadows dance the chant of doom;
Before, the shivered footbridge Falls—
The perishing of Khazad-dûm.

We stumble to the shattered edge
Beside so many unconsoled,
Lost on the brink of sorrow's ledge
In drowning dark in cavern old.

A distant, ancient voice and cry
Bewails the tumbling stony span
That broke the bond of earth and sky,
Untimely parting God and Man.

Those hearts that knew are gone to dust,
Those eyes that saw are tears become,
Slain by the Night that rendered thus
The emptiness of Khazad-dûm.

No power of this world of Men
Can span the void of Primal doom,
Nor ‘til the world’s at last a-mend
Bestride the gulf of Khazad-dûm.



But Hope—the Shepherd—to atone
Has crossed the bridgeless chasm deep,
And, passing o'er, was shaped in Stone;
The Secret Fire bore bloodied feet.

So weeping, wounded, numb, we wait
Until the Builder sets that Stone,
Which, dropped, will key a new-born gate,
Make one the soaring limbs new-flown.

Thus, in the mending of the sun,
The mending of the earth and moon;
When last the weary years are done,
There’ll be a Bridge in Khazad-dûm.


CB © 2008






Footnotes:

1) 1 Corinthians 15:21-22 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.

2) 1 Peter 2: 6 ”Behold, I lay in Zion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.””

3) ”A keystone is the architectural piece at the crown of a vault or arch and marks its apex, locking the other pieces into position.”

4) Revelation 21:3-4 "And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away."

 

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