Vampyre: A Flash Fiction Saturday Short


Greetings! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season! I’m working on Beowulf: The Midgard Horrors right now. You can rest assured the tale will continue next Saturday, Grendel’s honor. For now, here’s an adventure off of my well worn path. I decided to give free style a try. In honor of the release of the fifth installment in the Underworld franchise, here’s a poem called “Vampyre.”


Dark drip drains
The marrow
From the bone
Within my soul

Feasting teeth
Gnaw harder,
Sinking in
Beneath the flesh

Reels on heels
As I return

Bled, bleed blood,
Vein punctured
Vena cava

I am undead

Sky sun lie
As night moon
Hangs starry,
Hour witching

Arms up, rose
Legs are crossed
Death has failed
And line gets tossed

Two slot holes
Become my
Advent forth
To never die.
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. Recently, three of his poems won Prose’s weekly challenge.

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