What is hell, if not the anguish
heaped on those whom humankind
treat with hatred and derision,
harsh disdain that we’ve refined?
Images of fire and torture
stalk among us while we live,
not in some dark, distant future,
but in love we fail to give.
So the cry of disaffected,
disregarded human souls,
indicate the dereliction
chosen through our human polls.
We are architects of anguish
when we seek to put aside,
love of those God calls our neighbour,
those ignored that we deride.
Andrew Pratt 4/12/2019
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Matthew 3: 1-12