Dante’s Map of Hell: City of Dis (or What Happened One Night Next to Whippy Dip)

 

for Dani

There’s a quiet hell under some

hats.  It’s not one of Inferno’s

~

and there is no divinity there.  People forgot

that God is just an extension of them-

~

selves, so have fractioned off into various

forms of inept life.   The comedy is that

~

there is nothing but tragedy because of voices

~

being silenced.  In order to live one must learn

coping mechanisms.  She opens her eyes from yet another

~

sleepless night that she pretends to have soundly

slept through.  Truth is she hasn’t been able to

~

sleep for years without being drugged

somehow or she’s dragged by some memory

~

she has committed to forget.  She preferred the ones that quieted

~

the sound of her pulse.  Out of that heart of hers

so badly beaten because of laws named by some

~

Murphy fellow, a rush of words holding on to some

~

fragment of time, which may have,

~at one point, soothed her

but now find themselves being nasty sirens

~

haunting the night.  It’s living next

~

to the hospital across the street

~

from a coke bar named Antigua Blue.  One night,

a stabbed, bleeding man came pounding, pounding,

~

pounding, pounding terror on her front door, the blue

~

neon painting their faces green. While he covered her

~body in his life, she had to hold

~herself up. Her young boy sleeps

~

soundly in the room directly behind the doorknob

holding her up as he drifted completely

~

away from his wounded body.

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2 Comments

  1. Some very powerful imagery in the poem.

  2. like this one….love dante too.


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