Dante draws back from three Furies
their waists bound by hydras
with snakes for hair.
Sweat salts his tongue
as he stumbles toward a light
sees wings of demons
fanning a blazing mound
Other demons throw books in the blaze
which consumes a fiery statue.
Is it human? Dante wonders
as he searches for a way around.
shouts a voice from the flame
“I’m the Fuhrer!”
Dante stands rooted
by evil which mutes the Furies.
The flames cough sparks
enraging the circling demons.
“I must know the fate of The Fatherland!
Has my Germany fulfilled its Aryan fate?”
Dante stands back from the heat that sears his face.
“That realm has healed from your wounds.”
“You!” Hitler shouts. “Flushed from your Florence!
You who chased your wishful dream in life
and chases her again down here!
At least I acted!”
Dante’s face flames.
“Your acts destroyed nations and murdered innocents.
Defined hatred and genocide.
Mine were born of love for Beatrice.”
The demons fling
their endless cache of books
some pages igniting in flight
fueling the raging pyre.
Dante makes his way
around the demons
feeling the scorch
of a greater sear from within.
Adolf Hitler was an Austrian-born German politician and the leader of the Nazi Party. He was chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and dictator of Nazi Germany. He was responsible for the Holocaust, in which approximately six million Jews were murdered.