Sunday, January 27, 2008

A Hope In Hell




Were there Hell, and were it built
with graded rings of measured fire
precisely tuned to sinners’ guilt,
surely there would be a gyre

just for those who trot about
with Jesus on their bloodless lips,
who tell the poor to do without,
the mad to get a proper grip,

who wish the ill and crippled well,
pose their own prosperity
as proof that virtue pays. Hell?
A snowball’s chance. But we’ll see.

5 comments:

david hayes said...

Wow. "pose their own prosperity/ as proof that virtue pays." I thought I was the only one who felt that way.

Cailleach said...

I like a man who can just neatly insert 'gyre' in there as concisely as Yeats could ;)

leslie said...

Would that it were.

Bosch has always been a fascination.

pundy said...

I'll see you there

Debi said...

In Hell, Pundy? Or Dulwich?

Cos they ain't the same, y'know ...