The Road to Hell
An old one resurrected.
If Dante had been born
a few centuries later
and gone to Vienna,
his footsteps would have led him
to Berggasse 19
where the good doctor
would have sorted him out.
All problems are linked to libido,
Sigmund Freud would have said.
“Let’s explore your dream,
it is easily explained.
You find yourself in a tenebrous place
having totally lost your way.
You have carried the torch
for Beatrice Portinari;
you have been wanting to bed her
since she was twelve.
The dark mass that you’re in
is the fur of her ‘mons veneris’.
You are ashamed of your sin
so you say that you’ve gone astray.
The memory haunts you
and you roam the Florentine streets
in the hope of catching a glimpse
as you embark on the road to Hell.
Did she ever hint that she might
accede to your amorous advances?
Isn’t ‘ yes’ the answer you hanker for?
What a blow then to hear that her father
has arranged for her to be married
to a young and prosperous banker.”
© Luigi Pagano 2015