The Dragon’s Wrath (A Midgard Sonnet)


This week’s flash fiction explores what woke the dragon that eventually took Beowulf’s life. I’m collecting a series of sonnets to become a companion to Beowulf: The Midgard Epic, which is out now. The Midgard Horrors shall continue next week. Enjoy!

The Dragon’s Wrath ( A Midgard Sonnet)

The dragon rose from off its pile of gold
Enraged at finding someone had disturbed
A single cup, removing from its hold
The item, there unleashing wrath uncurbed
An unsuspecting thief had come to steal
Embarking on a dare from those around
In greedy admonition, his appeal
Preceded his own fear beneath the ground
A kingdom doused in blazing, heated flame
Began to burn and crumble into ash
The people cried aloud for but one name
A hero primed to face his final clash
So Beowulf arose, his fading breath
Ensuring he would battle to the death


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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