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I Died and Went to Heck

Don Kingfisher Campbell is founder of POETRYpeople youth writing workshops, publisher of the San Gabriel Valley Poetry Quarterly, leader of the Emerging Urban Poets writing and Wednesday Afternoon Critique workshops, and host of Monday Night Poetry in Pasadena. His first book of poetry, "Enter," was published by iUniverse Press.

When I went down the short chute
it wasn't what I expected
I thought there would be fire
It was just perpetual day
with Santa Ana conditions
And the ground I was anticipating,
brimstone, was merely pebbled dirt
When I got to the information desk
I took a number (665) and only
had to wait for half an hour
My advisor turned out to be
a dead girlfriend who dumped
me years previously, so I felt
simply a little sad
She said my job for eternity would be
to write poems and try to publish
them in the locally prestigious periodical,
the Hell Exists Quarterly (HEQ)
I knew then that I could tolerate
perpetuity without a scream or tear

Published May 2006


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