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Diverse masks I face on each day in hell,
locked within this bone-borne scaffolding;
where once two full lips had screamed farewell,
now, sound's denied without the balm of rocking.

I'm beset, no way to run from the gore,
malformed with want, no orifice to moan; 
had I culled another form to explore;
I'd not be trussed within these links of bone.

Suits of skin of white, black, and yellow, worn
were thought the rage in life, and yet abhorred,
each sack the other envied and so; they warred. 
Too late now for these bones to implore

sanity and peace. But next time, I'll be
I think, a well-loved cat, freed from greed.

Dante's Inferno

“THROUGH me you pass into the city of woe:	
Through me you pass into eternal pain:	
Through me among the people lost for aye.	
Justice the founder of my fabric moved:	
To rear me was the task of Power divine,	        
Supremest Wisdom, and primeval Love. 	
Before me things create were none, save things	
Eternal, and eternal I endure.	
All hope abandon, ye who enter here.”

Copyright © | Year Posted 2015

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Date: 3/28/2015 5:36:00 PM
Thanks so much for sharing this outstanding poem!! Enjoyed and appreciated this.
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Date: 3/26/2015 8:28:00 AM
Debbie, your poem is so well written and deep, I love it and congratulations on your win with this amazing write, a perfect 7, and thanks for your gracious comment and visit to my sonnet, a penny. . .
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Date: 3/25/2015 10:58:00 PM
A 7 ! ! Congratulations on your win. Blessings dear friend
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Date: 3/24/2015 8:02:00 PM
Congrats on your win... Great interpretation and tribute to Dante. As a fan of dark poetry this rates high with me my friend.. Some of my best poems are the dark ones that came from the woes in my young life! A7..
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Debbie Guzzi
Date: 3/24/2015 8:08:00 PM
Thanks Robert, this is pretty much what my christian friends described to me as where I was going so? [as a child!] anyway THANKS
Date: 3/24/2015 10:46:00 AM
An emotional poem indeed but a deep passion is adorned in abundance of the reality on life. Congrats for your win. Loved always, my lovely friend,bl
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Date: 3/24/2015 9:09:00 AM
Exquisite write Debbie! Love the wow pic as well,, congrats on fine win!
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Date: 3/24/2015 9:00:00 AM
Congrats on a fine win Debbie
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Debbie Guzzi
Date: 3/24/2015 9:11:00 AM
Sorry for the topic hon, sometimes we have to go with what comes out- I'll understand if it doesn't rank.
Date: 3/24/2015 6:29:00 AM
Thanks for entering my contest..Not too fond of Dante..You did the quote and the form which I wanted...I am not into gore very much..Sara
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Date: 3/22/2015 2:38:00 AM
The notion that a possible destination is hell for one's soul led to this write, Deb? It certainly will give the ugly picture you have described. Will shifting belief, say reincarnation, bring relief?
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Date: 3/21/2015 1:32:00 AM
Thought provoking, indeed! So much pain carried under the worn suits of our skin...yes, one day we'll be freed, but I'm not sure I'd want to be a cat even if well-loved! You're writing is always incredible works of art...hugs, Rhonda
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Date: 3/20/2015 7:30:00 PM
I sense sadness when I read this ...your words have a life energy that moves me emotionally. Very well done. Emile. #7
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