There and back again

A great good thing about books
is reading about there
while staying comfortably
in the back again

but into every hobbit hole
with the kettle’s tune, yellow knocker,
two breakfasts, gardens
and lots and lots
of pegs because you love visitors,

some Gandalf comes looking
for someone
to share an adventure
and then you are off to there

answering riddles,
listening to beautiful songs,
fighting dragons,
sleeping with unlikely companions
and finding out what it feels like
to be really afraid
and, therefore, really brave.

Now there can be a hard childhood,
a loss, an illness, a job, a love,
a gamble taken –
say, having a child of your own,
letting one go,

or merely a place you travel
because the road leads ever ever on

to somewhere,
from which you understand
back again
to the place the kettle is musical,
and there is no hurry
because you have all day,

until it is time to go there

Hobbit House in Aotearoa Public Domain, and so much thanks to JRR Tolkien and, yes, this week I needed to publish something happy!

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5 Responses to There and back again

  1. Stephen Price says:

    And some of us needed to hear something happy, some note of joy in the midst of the sorrow and struggle around us, reminding us that the journey of all us little hobbits will end in Shalom. Thank you.

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  3. Elaine Bolitho says:

    Happy Hobbit reading Maren – lots of interesting filmed in places to see when you come to NZ.

    Love and blessings,


  4. Maren says:

    That’s right. It will be fun.

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