‘You may say this to Théoden son of Thengel: open war lies before him, with Sauron or against him. None may live now as they have lived, and few shall keep what they call their own. —J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

‘Ware, ‘ware! in the watches of the night;
for the devil reigns in darkness
while all goodness hides from sight.

Rather than to curse the dark night
of tyranny, candles of war,
reluctantly, we chose to light.
Remembering, we light them still, for
such fireworks, from intent, make bright
both the sky and the times; and more,
signal hope for liberty’s fight.
Still, wanton violence we deplore.

Others, though, delight in darkness,
exult in pandemonium
with manic lunacy: feckless
sound and fury their mad anthem.
Feral they prowl this wilderness
post-modern, to inflict mayhem
on complacent masses. Laxness
in virtue; anarchy in rem.

‘Ware, ‘ware! in the watches of the night;
for the devil reigns in darkness
while all goodness hides from sight.

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