“Midway upon the journey of our life
I found myself within a forest dark,
For the straightforward pathway had been lost.
Ah me! how hard a thing it is to say
What was this forest savage, rough, and stern,
Which in the very thought renews the fear.
So bitter is it, death is little more;
But of the good to treat, which there I found,
Speak will I of the other things I saw there.
I cannot well repeat how there I entered,
So full was I of slumber at the moment
In which I had abandoned the true way.
But after I had reached a mountain’s foot,
At that point where the valley terminated,
Which had with consternation pierced my heart,
Upward I looked, and I beheld its shoulders,
Vested already with that planet’s rays
Which leadeth others right by every road”
Why am I posting the first quarter of the first Canto of the Inferno from Dante’s Divine Comedy…It is believed by original sources and convention that Our Favourite Florentine Poet here began his descent into Hell on Friday the !3th—on his thirty-third birthday…And because It’s Friday the 13th .so on my radio show on http://www.phoenixfm.org we are doing a special horror show…11:30pm until 2:30am Australian time…prepared to be chilled to the bone…WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE SCARY MOVIE…OR BOOK OR POEM…please send in Audio files, music, poetry, short stories…twisted and morbid stories….I want the creepiest pieces of writing that is 1500 words and under that you can send in….firstname.lastname@example.org Eastern Australian Time…check google time converter under Melbourne for the right time… If you have audio recordings please send them in but be warned they do take a while to load and be received sometimes…