YA Story - Chosen Inferno | Young Adult Mag
Publishing Date: 2/20/2014
Author: Shelly Gill
                       

abandon all hope, you who enter here
Dante Alighieri

I read my suicide note,
unmailed, from a fortune cookie,

 

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at this particular Chinese restaurant,
where stars aligned under great fires

of kerosene--We were immortal—
couldn’t be burned. And you ordered--

drowning wantons, tea that was too hot,
from a menu written in tongues,

only we understood

Food had to be rationed,
I hated to share, licking hunger

clean, your hands
aligned, like silk, along

a red dress, thin as paper,
stripped like rust in

Hellish dining rooms,
of injured fans, masking walls,

of this wild fuse~


 


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