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The Hell You Say



Let me distract them with joy
or something as they descend
into hell.

Hell is when nothing happens.
Hell is the persistence
of the consequences of mistakes.
Hell does not reveal its flames;
it promotes its desperate illusions.
Grief created heaven, hate created hell.
Hell is compelled.

To be diverse and rapidly-evolving is heaven;
extinction is hell.
Attention minus choice is hell.
Hell is always desiring and never attaining.
Hell is a perception without association,
without correspondence.
Hell is not hell without hope.

There is no heaven
equal and opposite to hell.
This fundamental disparity
is a dead giveaway
of an historic imaginative failure.
Heaven is a child's dream;
hell is consequence + entropy.

All poems are written and copyrighted by Michael C. Rush.
None may be republished or repurposed without permission.