People Have Got It Wrong 

There’s probably a scripture 

somewhere that references 


as some fiery place where bad

souls smolder forever. But for

that, the requirement


death and after that, who cares?

No, you have to be 


to take the rides at the devil’s

amusement park. Bring a coat.

turns out brimstone is,


fact, more dry ice than briquette

and even the warmest


cannot escape freeze-over.

When your existence is


of hope, drained dry of belief,

you can stare to the far horizon

and find not a single remnant 

                                                                     of love.

~ Smoke by Ellen Hopkins (pg. 73)



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