1. I Ride
I ride the grey-coated bearer of dreams.
Beneath the stars, watching my advance to an unknown land
I ride the straining creature flecked with two beings’ sweat.
Before the wind, bending toward the river’s bend, across Anduin’s banks
I ride a companion, fated to my fate.
Under the shelter of trees, welcoming me to a safe refuge
I ride until both are exhausted, winded.
Within the haven of another’s arms, warm, relieved, arrived
I ride to journey’s end, slipping from the saddle of a fearless one.
Against my cheek, my mount’s breath comes fierce and hot.
Tested warriors, both.
Composed as a birthday gift for LJ user fileg.
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