- Linda Pastan, opening lines to ”I Am Learning To Abandon The World,” from PM/AM: New and Selected Poems (w. W. Norton & Co., 1982)
All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.
- J.R.R. Tolkien (via observando)