You never thought about Hell that much-

What  it looked like,

who made up the population,

where it was located.


It seemed to be a far off,

foreign thing

reserved for holy manuscripts

and movie plots.


You never thought about simple things

like clean water,

breathing clear air

while sitting on a park bench

at the onset of spring.

You never thought

of how flowers grew.


You never thought Hell

Could reach your backyard,

and proceed to crawl

under your child’s blanket.


Of course it was like a plot from a B Movie.

It was only a Hollywood myth, you thought.

You never thought about Hell

Until you saw hundreds of loved ones

Returning to a free country

in body bags.