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

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Author: JamesMatthewByers

James Matthew Byers resides in Odenville, Alabama. He has been published in poetry journals and through Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, AL, where he received his Master's in 2010. His epic poem, Beowulf: The Midgard Epic, is out from by Stitched Smile Publications, LLC. Mr. Byers is published in numerous magazines, anthologies, and eZines. He has also won numerous poetry contests for the Alabama State Poetry Society.

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