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Variety of hells
Jul 12, 2005
Jill Alexander Essbaum
the inescapable presence of God
endured in the permanent absence of him
A hell where your name is forgotten.
Worse, the hell that remembers you.
Every rotten scheme your hands laid plan to.
Then, a hell for omissive sins.
All what you meant to do though couldn’t.
How you intended to love, but didn’t.
A hell for revenge songs and ridicule.
A hell where despair is winnowed by fire.
A hell that burns away desire.
Hell of all hells: I harrow for your ghost.
But we abide eternities apart.
That’s the hell of the heart.