Grendel's Lament


“The pain of it!
The stupidity!
—John Gardner, Grendel

I think too much—
I think with my wrong
head down there

I can’t help it—
my Mother’s no
help, an old hag

Dragon mocks me—
I know only the
Past and the Present

I lack his Vision—
that Third Dimension
Subjunctive Verse

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