Derek JG Williams puts words into rows both long and short. He’s a 2016 Blacksmith House Emerging Writer. His poems are published or forthcoming in Pleiades, Best New Poets, Vinyl, Forklift Ohio, Salamander, Prairie Schooner, and New Ohio Review, among others. This fall Derek will begin his PhD in English, Creative Writing at Ohio University. Learn more about him at http://www.derekjgwilliams.
Blood Flew Out Like a Wing
The resounding of hooves
ppppppounding fills the palace
halls. The minotaur clambers
ppppptoward the woman’s chambers,
lurching around corners—
pppppconjured golem, nightmare king.
She dreams it closer. Mares
pppppbuck their reins, white slivers
in their eyes rolling wild
pppppwith fear. Looming, the minotaur
tests its horns, hissing sour
pppppbreath. His mouth a slit, he mounts
the sleeping woman. A monster’s
ppppphead rests on the shoulders
of every man who wants
pppppto kill the worst in himself.
Theseus slays the minotaur
ppppp—he hasn’t the will for suicide.