Beware the Grindylow


Here’s a little treat for your Wednesday. It was a response to a blog by fellow #Stitcher, Briana Robertson. One of her Horror Hump Day posts a while back totally inspired me. (Thanks, Briana! Many of your posts do!) As I researched, I discovered many consider the grindylow to be the descendants of Grendel and his mother. This knowledge set many wheels in motion. On continued celebration of Beowulf: The Midgard Epic’s release, here’s that treat I mentioned …

Beware the Grindylow

Meres and marshes hold them in the murky depths below
Women come to fear them and their name, the grindylow
Men cannot contain them, loathing fear seems fit to tie
Parents can but blame them if the ones they love will die
Children must be wary playing down beside the lake
Lithe and lengthy arms arise and take, and take, and take
Many ages past when Grendel and his mother fell,
Beowulf so boasted he had sent them both to hell
Little did he know unholy progeny had spawned
Thriving underwater, and their time it seems has dawned
Grindylow and grundylow, the demon critters creed
Seething, smiling monsters meant to make your children bleed
Feeding on their bones, beware and heed this little hunch
Lest you find your litter in their clutches next for lunch

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 epic poem, Beowulf: The Midgard Epic, is out now from Stitched Smile Publications, LLC. He also has a short story featured in their upcoming release, Unleashed: Monsters Vs. Zombies.

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