Trust

"Give me your trust," said the Aes Sedai.
On my shoulders I support the sky.
Trust me to know and to do what is best,
And I will take care of the rest.
But trust is the color of a dark seed growing.
Trust is the color of a heart's blood flowing.
Trust is the color of a soul's last breath.
Trust is the color of death.

"Give me your trust," said the queen on her throne,
for I must bear the burden all alone.
Trust me to lead and to judge and to rule,
and no man will think you a fool.
But trust is the sound of the grave-dog's bark.
Trust is the sound of betrayal in the dark.
Trust is the sound of a soul's last breath.
Trust is the sound of death.

"Give me your trust," said the king on high,
or all my plans shall fall awry,
Trust me to always be just in command,
and always do what is best for the land.
But trust is the touch of a face cold as ice.
Trust is the touch of the torturer's vice.
Trust is the touch of a soul's last breath.
Trust is the touch of death.

"Give me your trust," said the lady and lord,
and we assure you, peace shall be restored.
Trust us to shield, to build and to grow,
and to never give you cause for woe.
But trust is the smell of a deal gone sour
Trust is the smell of a poisonous flower.
Trust is the smell of a soul's last breath.
Trust is the smell of death.

"Give me your trust," said the love of your life,
or I fear our home shall be filled with strife,
Trust me to care for you however I may,
And that my love will never be led astray.
But trust is the taste of promises left to rust,
Trust is the taste of dreams turned to dust,
Trust is the taste of a soul's last breath.
Trust is the taste of death.

I do not own the rights to any of the characters or concepts from the Wheel of Time. This is my attempt at completing the song Mat remembers in the Lord of Chaos, and is one amongst the many made by fellow fans of the series. The first two verses are Robert Jordan's and the remaining three are mine. As unlikely as it is that anyone ever reads this, if you are reading, I hope you enjoy it.