Virgil’s Spark



The birds don’t come here anymore,
A silence fills their space,
A sharp reminder to us all,
That God can be replaced.
The signs where Hell had visited;
Are scattered all around,
Although He left,on the last train out;
And the fires are dampened down.
ThIs sign inscribed above the gate,
Gave false hope,of freedom soon,
Ironic in its disillusionment –
Instead of Dante’s words of doom.

2 thoughts on “Virgil’s Spark

  1. John Anthony Fingleton

    Thank you for your comment Vijay…..I do not (normally) (like) to explain my poems Vijay…But I was trying to compare the ironic slogan “Arbeit Macht Frei” (“Work will set you free”) at the former Dachau concentration camp . ..and the slogan in Dante Alighieri’s 14th-century epic poem Divine Comedy, 1st stage Inferno…. “Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch’ intrate”, most frequently translated as “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.”.


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