The pain of war cannot exceed
the woe of aftermath.
The drums will shake the castle wall,
the ring wraiths ride in black.
No comfort has the fire at night
that lights the face so cold.
The magic runes are writ in gold
to bring the balance back.
Lyrics from “The Battle of Evermore” by Led Zeppelin, 1971.
Photo by Rick Stachura. View of 56 Leonard Street from 7 World Trade Center. June 21, 2022.