Unferth’s Descent: A Terza Rima Sonnet

Beowulf: The Midgard Horrors will continue next week. Here’s another insight into what happened to Unferth after his sword is returned via the Terza RimA sonnet.

Aroused by sounds bewildering his sorrow
An anguish in his soul to behold Hrunting
The blade returned to Unferth on the morrow

A gift to Beowulf to aid in hunting
As Grendel’s mother met a bloody ending
And now beneath his breath, so lowly grunting

The warrior strode the whale-road ever pending
A distant land his final destination
A ship with only his will for defending

The moon ahead spoke subtle hesitation
As Unferth found the portal to the dawning
Inhabited by demonic gestation

The sea became a maelstrom for his pawning
As Unferth disappeared within its yawning …image


Author: jamesmatthewbyers

James Matthew Byers resides in Wellington, Alabama with his wife, kids, a dog named after an elf, and two tortoises. He has been published in poetry journals and through Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, AL, where he received his Master's in 2010. His next epic poem, Beowulf: The Midgard Epic, will be published by Stitched Smile Publications, LLC in late 2017.

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