Grendel: A Haiku

Today I’m using the haiku format to prepare for the coming release of Beowulf: The Midgard Epic. Haiku format is simple. The poem is composed with 17 syllables, broken into three lines of 5/7/5. A true haiku focuses on nature and seasons. They originated in Japan. I’m using the structure for artistic purposes. It’s a fun way to be creative. Enjoy. And get ready … adventure awaits!


Claws like razor blades
Shred flesh and rip men apart
Grendel dines tonight




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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