Of course I could have started it with “Hwaet.”
It’s what’s expected, and the word is short.
And Hwaet is full of gravitas. So what.
I started it with “So.” It could be worse.
I could have said, “Hey you!” or “Listen up!”
or “Dick-wads gather round.” But I chose “So”
because it segues nicely, don’t you think,
into the story. So . . . . Just so you know,
the ending’s just about what you’d expect.
It’s the beginning that is really weird
with monsters killing, eating everyone.
The ending isn’t any better, just
another bunch of people being killed.
There are not even any love affairs
to read about. There’s just a lot of blood
and body parts that fill the pages up.
It’s drivel. Oh, another monster dies.
Who cares. Oh Beowulf is dead. At last
the book is over. If he had been killed
by Grendel at the start, it would have made
the book a better book. A shorter book.