A Candle for Treebeard


Long time Tolkien fan here


Over thirty-years ago

bought a “tree man” candleholder with

crystal eyes to flicker light

tree-like moustaches, beard, eyebrows

broken-looking nose

dark brown-orange texturing

roots to help him stand


Just as I imagined Treebeard in The Two Towers


Hung onto him carefully over the years

became the subject of drawings and lino-prints

lit up rooms, then

gathered dust on book shelves, or

packed away while I lived in Africa


Now employing him yet again in a

high school classroom to

show imagination and light