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  • PROLOGUE

    The Geats and the Danes
    Powerful men
    And among the Geats was Beowulf
    And this is his tale.

    1. Beowulf

    A born warrior he was, one who grew up under a roof,
    Caverns filled with gold. And he was Beowulf. And as
    Wiglaf entered Hrothgar’s Hall, he sensed a
    Shadow sweeping over the scene.

    Upon the Geats the Danes did call
    And reported the fires, the shapes
    Looming in the gloom and the carnage
    That had been wrought.

    Beowulf sought to prove his warrior worth
    And he entered Hrothgar’s Hall and vowed
    To lend elbow grease to the situation
    Relieving the many people there.

    Dawn of death clouded over Beowulf,
    Deciding his fate; and he did not want to
    Kill even dragons was the thought repeatedly flowing into his mind.
    Grendel, Grendel, Grendel, he thought.

    2. Grendel

    Came Grendel
    And slaughter he gave.
    The shields of the men
    Clashed to the floor.

    The blood on the carpet.
    The screams, heard.
    And Beowulf asked Grendel to leave
    And farther carnage did not spread.

    Grendel had left,
    A feast was prepared
    With the scrumptious food
    On the table.

    Then, she came.
    The deaths that followed
    Until some could not tell
    Red cloth from blood.

    3. The Water

    Journey they did,
    The next morning.
    For long they traveled
    Upon their horses.

    Death they felt
    For future times.
    ’Twas directed at Beowulf.
    They knew that, for certain.

    Seeking the mother,
    They stopped at a waterfall.
    “I must go,” Beowulf said.
    “Alone, I must.”

    Lowered him down they did,
    With ropes from the kingdom,
    Fine ropes indeed,
    And watched Beowulf enter the water.

    She did see him sink
    And with ferocity did attack.
    Beowulf asked her to leave them alone,
    They did not kill her son.

    She then let him go,
    Her son was not dead,
    But she knew soon,
    Beowulf would be.

    He emerged from the water
    His face wet.
    Gasping and spluttering,
    He was tired.

    4. The End of Beowulf

    A dragon did awake,
    Its treasure disturbed.
    It roared in fury
    And would hunt tomorrow.

    Meanwhile, Wiglaf ventured
    To the land of the Geats
    With Beowulf.
    Across the sea they did sail.

    Years later,
    Returned home Wiglaf did
    And destruction was caused
    Yet not in Hrothgar’s Hall.

    So venture they did
    And came to the dragon’s home
    Where the dragon was
    Ready to kill.

    Beowulf it did grab in its mouth.
    With a snap of its teeth
    Beowulf went limp.
    His was the body of a fallen warrior.

    Image: Man & Dragon in Rain
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