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Beholden to Hinnom

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Beholden to Hinnom

Valley of despair,
eager, burns eternal flames,
delivering souls.

Loathsome lake of fire,
choking forth ash and sulfur,
swallowing the damned.

Cursed, unholy ground,
biblical euphemism,
forge of wickedness.






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  1. Date: 10/9/2010 6:59:00 AM
    No John, I actually don't believe in hell at all. But it was a fun write!

  1. Date: 10/9/2010 6:43:00 AM
    surely you don't believe such a place exist? John H Loving III

  1. Date: 9/21/2010 9:19:00 PM
    A wickedly good threesome of haiku!! LUv, Andrea

  1. Date: 9/16/2010 1:13:00 PM
    Just came to see what my friend wrote today, and to enjoy her gift awhile, and bask in her genius.

  1. Date: 9/13/2010 9:47:00 AM
    wow! Intense haiku, enjoyed your poem,..p.s.

  1. Date: 9/12/2010 6:04:00 PM
    Very powerful description of a place where souls of the damned are forced to retreat, Thvia. Really enjoyed the imagery. Love, Carlyn

  1. Date: 9/12/2010 4:29:00 PM
    Powerful write Thvia and wonderful words to describe the theme of the poem.. appreciate all your special comments today on my poetry ... always welcome my friend..with luv.. happy Sunday...

  1. Date: 9/12/2010 2:08:00 PM
    enjoyed your write, and i believe this is a haiku, the person probably got throwed off seeing two extra stanza's lol ..P.D.

  1. Date: 9/12/2010 12:32:00 PM
    And here I thought I was being clever with three 5-7-5 stanzas. Being my first haiku attempt I have to ask, what the heck is it then?

  1. Date: 9/12/2010 12:26:00 PM
    As a poem, it's beautiful. Your talent shines. I definitely enjoyed the last stanza. You know the niche about Haikus? It forces us to write concisely and in the moment--which is what takes the reader into the moment. I'm making this a favorite poem, but it's not a haiku =)