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Purgatory of Steel Purgatory of Steel
by Nikos Laios
2014-08-08 10:12:48
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Purgatory of Steel

Like
Purgatory,
This decayed
City of steel;
img_1228_400Of worn
Frayed
Posters on
Shuttered
Shops.

Descending
To another
Circle,the
Bag ladies
Wandered
Empty car
Lots;
Sputtering
Chunks
Of cucumber
In their madness
On the sand.

While
Two
Harlots,
Up to
Their
Waists
In burning
Pits;
Cackled
Loudly
To the
Sound of
Their
Pedicures.

To the sound
Of Barking
Collies in
The streets.

While
In the
Fourth
Circle,
Their
Empty
Headed
Daughters,
Like
Princesses;
Sipped their
Coffee cups,
Proudly
Prancing
Like the
Kardashians

Whilst
I,like
Dante;
Ascended
Back to
The land
Of the living;
Found my
Redemption,
Found my
Belief.

Glancing
Back, I
Could
See the
Screaming
And the
Damned,
In this
Scorched
And Empty
Land.

This
Purgatory
Of steel;
This modern
Purgatory
Of man;

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With a digital drawing from Nikos Laios

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Nikos Laios, North Sydney, Australia

 


    
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Emanuel Paparella2014-08-08 10:22:09
Indeed, Mr. Laios, Purgatory is a terrible place, just as terrible as hell, the difference being that, as Dante, poetically expresses it with a sign on the door of hell ("lose all hope ye who enter here) there is no hope in hell but there is hope in Purgatory; it is the place of purgation before one is ready for the vision of God. Perhaps hell, even here on earth is nothing else than utter despair and loss of hope. Indeed, Purgation and destruction may be needed before we are even able to envision a new Renaissance. The last one that took place in Florence took about a thousand years to mature. The next one on the horizon may not take that long but it will be just as terrible. Hurray for Purgatory and for the conspiracy of hope...May we be spared from hell.


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