As I recover from the flu, I’m finding my creative juices are flowing. Here’s a little Tuesday Terror for you!
The terror that she felt inside her heart
Succumbed to numbness as she hid her fear.
Behind her, something ripped her child apart.
A sofa kept its image from the clear.
The panic sinking deeper in each crunch
Reminded her of failure and remorse.
The beast consumed its tiny infant lunch.
A sickened woman plotted her next course.
Surreal, the nature of the moment’s thread.
Convinced she had a chance, she stood to run.
The monster pounced; the mother soon was dead.
Another meal before the rising sun.
The blood upon its mouth dripped to the floor
As hiding, someone opened up the door …
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 http://www.theprose.com. 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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