People Have Got It Wrong 

There’s probably a scripture 

somewhere that references 

                                                                      hell

as some fiery place where bad

souls smolder forever. But for

that, the requirement

                                                                      is

death and after that, who cares?

No, you have to be 

                                                                      alive 

to take the rides at the devil’s

amusement park. Bring a coat.

turns out brimstone is,

                                                                      in

fact, more dry ice than briquette

and even the warmest

                                                                      hearts

cannot escape freeze-over.

When your existence is

                                                                      emptied

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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