(The Interior, the Right Panel: Hell) painting by Hieronymus Bosch
Where is God wondering what had gone wrong?
Here, water has color blanched out
by torture and retribution, cities
of continuous flames, mutated animals
feeding on human flesh,
demons find new ways to inflict pain.
Where is God in this deafening silence?
Victims are tossed into an everlasting caldron.
An unsinkable ship is sinking into iceberg water
as the band plays music to build up hope
for the hopeless and condemned.
A choir is forced to sing when they have no throats.
They sing like an anvil and hammer.
The only thing that matters is the off-key singing
like hot coal falling in the dark sky.
Meanwhile, people are ripped apart into paper,
or stretched out canvas of foil,
put back together for more.
Where is God?