Ghostly Wrath

It’s time for some flash fiction! Beowulf: The Midgard Horrors will return. This week, as we draw ever closer to Halloween, I wanted to take us deeper into the notion of Grendel’s mother as a ghost. What if her spirit never left Midgard? What if she’s still here, hiding, guiding all that lurks in the shadows? Dive in, and have fun! But beware, for when you least expect it, Grendel’s mother comes for you …

Many monsters, many ghouls, and nary can they cover
Bodies, brains, and brutal deaths the same as Grendel’s mother

Someone said that she had died, but flesh was just a cage
Now her ghost is everywhere, a witch hellbent with rage

Fury of a mother scorned, bereft her only child
Beastly, feral, hungered wrath; a ghostly demon, wild

Beowulf destroyed the chance for her kind to renew
Grendel slain, his body torn, the moment he came through

Death could not contain her wrath; no sword could sever ties
Shadows hold her in their web; she’s mother of all lies

Wolves and vampires hallow her; the mummies hail her blight
Zombies shamble in her wake; she reels with every bite

Nothing can withstand her spells; the joke is on us all
Draped in evil’s luxury, she aims to see men fall

Children, tarry not, or else thy will shall be perplexed
Grendel’s mother comes for thee; beware for thou art next …


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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