Ellie belfiglio

When I hear this sound that awakens me, intimidating its way into my cloistered night, I write…




She said:

“It was only a nightmare!”

Oh, if they only were!

Weapons spat!

Bullets went splat!

Blood splattered, bones shattered.


which never called Muslim Extremist!

From this nightmare, there is no waking.

Roaring birds expel hell’s fire,

below Dante’s inferno.


I remember one-

who was too close,

and limbs like blackened twigs.

Images of hell, images of beheading,

burned into my brain.

I hear the roar.

I see the flames.

From this nightmare, I can not wake.

Many years have come and gone;

and still this nightmare lives on!! …





Author: elliebelfiglio

I am a professor, a poet, an author, and an immigrant. I am the survival of many political and economical hardship. As a political immigrant, it took me a long time to master the English language and to come to terms that I can never see my family again. "THE PARTING FROM MY FAMILY WAS THE BEGINNING OF A FRIENDSHIP THAN THE END OF OUR FRIDAYS!" My autobiography, "THE RAIN STOPS IN TEXAS" was published in 1997 by Eakin Press. It can be found in Amazon. As Ernest Hemingway says, write about something you know, most of my novels are about cultural difference of the old and new and American style of living compare to my home country. My poetry are in all forms. I write as they come to me. My first draft is always my last draft. "THIS IS MY WORLD, WELCOME!" "THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE!"

2 thoughts on ““DANTE’S INFERNO”

  1. Powerful! Evocative! The imagery reinforced by the images. What a Diety-damned shame events compel the writing thereof! And early this morning’s news of New York/New Jersey continue this tit-for-tat that has been going on nearly a thousand years. Seems it’s what we humans do – if not best – often: foul our own nest with the sharpest of flimsy excuses to deliver hate and destruction to people with whom we share this planet. We fail to consider the lesson of The Yeast In An Enclosed Space!

Let everybody be nice!

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