The POTW: Verse Til It Hurts


POTW #872
(Week of 14 September, 2014)

I've been writing up my annual Halloween story and thinking about getting an early start on the decorations this year, what with all the various distractions crawling around the house these days. OK, not actually crawling, more like flopping, but either way it's no surprise that, during my morning coffee, I found myself thinking about the fiery depths of Hell, and, more specifically, what kinds of bands would play there.

The Broken Promised Land

In Hell the highest grossing band
Is called The Broken Promised Land
The drums are human skin, expertly tanned
And played by severed hands

The groaning phantom concert grand
A favorite of many fans
Is strung with mummified sebaceous glands
In gory strands

The shows are fraught with screaming souls
As though they've swallowed searing coals
Perhaps they have, it's all the rage
Rebellious youth go pyrophage
But these performances are hardly contraband
Attended by command

Fiendishly the songs are planned
Melodic structure diced and canned
Deliberately soft and pop and elevator-bland
Torments to withstand

Copyright © 2014 by Dave Grossman

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