Treasure Island

Elena Plotkin


What Hell Is This?


What Pain is this that never seems to go away,
but only grows stronger and more acute each day?

What Scars are these that never seem to fade,
but only reopen anew without aid of any blade?

What Nightmares are these that never seem to stop,
but only proceed to sprout up like some bumper crop?

What Ailment is this that doesn’t seem to have a cure,
but only leaves one with no other choice but to inure?

What Helplessness is this that has no right to any help,
but only leaves one feeling too foolish to cry out or yelp?

What Hell is this that has plenty of demons and no Satan,
but only knows one gatekeeper and that be a Shaitan?

Submitted: Monday, June 24, 2013
Edited: Friday, March 07, 2014

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  • Elena Plotkin (8/23/2013 6:58:00 AM)

    The other definition of Shaitan is an Evil Genie who grants wishes that always turn out badly (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (8/22/2013 4:52:00 PM)

    Elena,
    What Helplessness is this that has no right to any help,
    but only leaves one feeling too foolish to cry out or yelp?

    i like these two lines especially, even though i think of a yelp as a doggy cry-out.
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    i like the use of inure even though i had to look the word up online. nice rhyming (throughout poem) .
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    What Hell is this that has plenty of demons and no Satan,
    but only knows one gatekeeper and that be a Shaitan?

    ...nice rhyme, but i found online that the first definition given for Shaitan (i was unfamiliar with the word) is Satan, so it kind of contradicts the first line. OK, i'll let it go [this time] since you put a in front of Shaitan, and because there ARE other definitions besides Satan. thanks for sharing. bri (Report) Reply

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