"If I thought my answer were given
to anyone who would ever return to the world,
this flame would stand still without moving any further.
But since never from this abyss
has anyone ever returned alive, if what I hear is true
without fear of infamy I answer you."
~ Dante's Inferno, quoted by T.S. Eliot
to open The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
Just let us go then, you and I
As evening spreads against the sky
Creeping through half-deserted streets
Knowing where evening ladies meet.
Do I dare? Do I dare?
Turn the talk from Michaelangelo
Hell is what you referenced, no?
Ever asking, "What is it?"
Let us go and make our visit.
Rubs yellow fog upon the panes
Indeed there will be time, you sang,
Pleading, for you have known them all
Pinned and wriggling on the wall.
Eyes fixed in mid-formulated phrase
Revealing the evil of your ways.
Do you dare disturb the universe?
Decisions a minute will reverse.