Dead Fish


I’m still working on Beowulf: The Midgard Horrors. I should have something fun and deeply engaging for next Saturday’s post. In the mean time, here’s an abstract poem dealing with the nature of vampiric sensibility. I broke from my traditional poetry style and penned this one free style. It’s time to get your flash on!

Dead fish

Dividing thunder in two
My heart
Peels the layers of the cloud,
Fish dead

Filling red cups full,
Dark ambrosia
Drunk by eager lips
Drained down his throat

Severs tonsils bled dry,
Bold sacs of
Pus and mucus dripping
Over cast

Sickness sickens every cell,
From the trapdoor flooding me

Well, better
When the birds pluck my tongue
To feed their
Chicks caught taught in nesting

Mothers angered
By the willow tree,
I stand, I stand
A fallen soldier

Peeling layers off my soul
My heart
Dividing thunder in two
Dead fish

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 in both Kindle and special edition paperback. James designed and illustrated the cover and interior art for his debut novel at SSP, where he works as an in house illustrator. He also has a short story featured in their latest release, Unleashed: Monsters Vs. Zombies. James has recently won three Prose Challenges at His poems, “More Gravy,” “The Raven Redux,” and “Nativity Nuance” all took first place. His poem, “The Dinner Fly,” will be published in “Weirdbook Magazine” #35. He continues to write prolifically, supporting anyone who wishes to place their hammering fingers to the keyboard anvil, becoming a polished wordsmith in the process.

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