Derek JG Williams

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 PleiadesBest New PoetsVinylForklift OhioSalamanderPrairie 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.com

 

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.

 

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