Sauron defeated…and yet…
What of this Middle Earth we claim as home
Where fires burn where no dragons roam.
Where coasts are drowned as surely as Westernesse
And the Wise have sailed; sailed to the West.
Orcs breed, but not in Misty Mountains cold;
In City Canyons built on gold;
In Empty places where fear and hate
Are allowed to stew and percolate.
Dark Lords reign in Corporate Towers
And promise pain to those that cower
Among the wreckage of Middle Earth
That greed and corruption now devours.
For Men above all desire Power.
Beth Webber 8/25/2022