Grendel

I warned you.
Mead made them sluggish.
It was improvised.

You and your many men ellided with my shores.
I didn’t invite
You – heaven’s golem -

I made walls sticky in scarlet and burgundy.

You were mean to me first
I was just hungry
So I feasted
But you spoke
More than only words
Steins rose and God’s lips parted
With approval

I didn’t laugh.
I didn’t—

The blue-black turgid fire flew inward
But I did not laugh, and things lengthened.

(Coldest crows invading morning air—
An old chair creaks
Over cobblestone.)

That happened for a reason
And I felt a little
(Kiss)

(Grizzly bear
Or climbing mantis
“See the thorny arms, bladed!”
Name it something lofty.)
(Kiss)

I and a reason for
Little that a felt happened

(Kiss)
(Silver sliver cylinder Kindertotenleider
These want the things I
Flaunt under pale
Burnished sand.)

(Kiss)
Reason felt and happened a
Little for that – I – a –

(Under flame,
A new birth flies
Scalding stones escaping nighttime earth—)

But I did not cry, and things softened.
The black-blue choking ice lurched outward.

I didn’t—
I didn’t cry.

Without reprimand
Sieves dropped and Hades’s teeth clenched
Less than kennings, partner-words
But I heard
So you fasted
You were just starved
I was kind to you last

You removed spans slippery in white and sorrel.

I – hell’s amelus –
You did beckon
I and my empty den collided with your seas.

It was premeditated.
Water rushed my heart.
You ambushed me.

Grendel

candidenuts

Little Rock, United States

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