Here I stand
The Guardian of this Forest;
The New Forest
And here I have stood for nearly a thousand years; seeing men, women, kings and queens, come and go. I was strong; my Forest has survived and flourished.
The Trees know that their days are numbered; some still sentient enough to be counting down that number.
I have seen much and weathered many storms; but, I am no fool – I know that I cannot rule when there is nothing left to rule for.
It seems that the end is nigh.