I am one who holds hell is not
the horror you are condemned to
for ever, or even for life. Oh, those who abide
there may know hell
may very well last that long. At least,
it may feel like it, but hell is not the bad thing
to which you are condemned.
Hell is the amazing thing
you are forced to do utterly without.
And for life,
- or it feels like it. Who cares!
Hell is just what that feels like. Hell
is just what feels like that.
It doesn't matter how long
it's going to last.
It doesn't even necessarily have
for you to feel it, those flesh
-tearing hooks and hot tongues
of flame. A lake of fire?
You and I could have blown it out like a candle, woman
we were such a match!! Hell
is the punishing agony of banishment, awakened
to the finest and best good, and denied it.
Hell is where you live.
And what you are forced to endure, from having
once known love,
to now, when you know how sure:
it is denied.