In trenches, he dreamt of unusual worlds,
To the dictionary, gave new words.
Remarkable languages were first to come,
Perhaps in the Battle of the Somme.
Complex dialects were soon created,
Then various worlds in which they were fêted.
Wasn’t meant to be read as allegory,
Just as a fantastical, fictive story.
With obscure races of men and trees,
To Elves and dwarves, it gave new lease.
At magical realms, one marvels and gasps,
Have subtle connotations that later one grasps.
Aloof and regal, the women seemed to be,
Inspiring, instigating, were the plot’s key.
Ancient lines of fine men grave,
Their world desperately who tried to save.
Magical tools unexplained by science,
Born of Nature’s and mind’s alliance.
Elves from stars brought far-off news,
His worlds had various scents and hues.
Multi-dimensional was his approach,
Prickly topics could easily broach.
Heroes’ minds, intricate and rich,
With complex plots, could easily stitch.
Has been construed in a thousand ways,
New generations it tends to amaze.
Explores details of human nature,
In Man’s psyche, gives an aperture.
Back stories stretched for thousands of years,
Still relevant for mechanized fears.
Humans and nature, fuel and steel,
We ride the same old karmic wheel.
Can Nature prevail over Man’s iron will?
Cause the crash of industrial hill?
-©2012. Sultana Raza
Sultana Raza is a free-lance writer. Her article, short stories and poems have appeared in numerous publications and have been translated into French.