Well I’m Hell-bound

And that’s fine by me-

Easy passivity of receiving

The gung -ho exertions

of a sprightly demon;

Newly-qualified maybe,

enthusiastic in his ministrations

With white-hot brand.


to mind-focussing pain

The burning which masks

Self-inflicted sickness of heart.

~Polly Oliver (2017)


2 thoughts on “Flames

  1. Hmmm. Thanks for the vote of confidence but I’m less sure! 😀 Just exploring the idea of Hell and how actually we’re quite good at it ourselves! Demonic torture seems almost refreshingly quaint at times compared to self-flagellation! Or worldly violence.


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