+ 27.225 MHz 243: Praying For An Enemy, 1

". . . ulterius ne tende odiis."

---Vergil, The Aeneid, XII


Herm, Heinie, Wolf, Joachim, and dabbler Joe

would welcome him as one whose soul they know;

no matter, though, how much they might inquire---

no conversations take place in Lake Fire,

and all who are consigned there feel alone,

without the least of human consolation;

for in that searing, roiling conflagration---

wherein they twist in roasting agony---

they have no sense of any company:

no one with whom to share each screaming groan.


But now occurs to me---as no mere whim---

a call, perhaps, at which I cannot scoff:

that I can do the most to piss him off

when I sincerely pray that Christ saves him.


Author's Notes/Comments: 

The first line alludes to Hermann Goering, Heinrich Himmler, Adolf Hitler, Joachim von Ribbentrop, and Joseph Goebbels; the latter believed himself to be a poet, and he had earned a PhD in literature.  But he was a mere dabbler.  I suspect that his eagerness to burn books was a common kind of envy---often demonstrated by inferior dabblers against superior poets.  He could not change the achievements of the Great Poets, but burning their books was a way to disparage them; and such disparagement is as much contemporary as it is historical.

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