Joe Linker: Divine Comedy

Salvador Dali, “Divine Comedy, Inferno 23”. Source:




I awoke in a room in hell

not hot, not cold

alone, the only one here.


The devil Mediocre

stops by to explain

I can’t have visitors.


I feel no pain

no sun blistering

no torrential rain.


Hell is all things

in moderation.




I awoke in Purgatory,

and, for a time, suffered,

more or less, the same story


as all the others

with poor taste,

worthlessly waiting


for the quitting whistle

which never blows.




I awoke in Heaven’s deep sleep

and fell

again to sea.