Frodo-Prints in the Marsh
by A. Grayt-Pohett


One night I dreamed I was slogging

Along the marsh with my Sam.

Many ghosts from that land flashed across the sky.

And each time I noticed footprints in the marsh.

Sometimes there were two sets of footprints.

Other times there were one set of footprints.

This bothered me because I noticed that

During the low periods of the trip when I was

Suffering from boredom, blisters, or the runs,

I could see only one set of footprints.

So I said to my Sam, "You promised me,

Cur, that if I let you come,

You would carry all our stuff.

But I noticed that during my most lazy periods

On our trip there have only been

One set of prints in the marsh.

Why, when I have needed you most,

Did you bugger off somewhere?"

My Sam replied,

"One set o' prints meant I carried you those times, Frodo.

You was drunk again, sir."

(With apologies to Mary Stevenson, or whoever the author is of "Footprints in the Sand".)

Illustration by Watt A. Gray-Tartiste

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