Walking Barefoot Through Hell – By Mark Masserant


sometimes i see medusa

wearing my face,

with my dreams dangling

like an ominous crown of complex and

cunning serpents.

the horizon,


and riddled with salt-sculptured icons,

is emblazoned with the history

of mega-apocalypse.


sometimes i see a chained prometheus,

wildly waving a strangled eagle,


taunting the gods.

his mountainside looms

in the northernmost regions

of my mind.


sometimes i see the ferryman,

but he is a cautious one,

wary of the stowaway.

sneering harpies flank his approach.


sometimes i see bosch,

painting infinite murals

in unison

with my narratives

wrought with melancholy.


sometimes i see dante,

and hand-in-hand i guide him,

walking barefoot through hell,

the devil’s winds whistling our bones.


hell is a time in a place in my mind.


yet in a suddenly shimmering distance,

Jonah brushes himself off,

liberated at the edge of the

foul and festering morass.

he prayed himself out of a whale

of trouble.


i sense new direction

and plan my escape.

Mark Masserant

About Mark Masserant

I began writing articles for recovery magazines in January of 2016. My work has appeared in I Love Recovery Café, Step 12 Magazine, InRecovery Magazine, Sober Nation and Recovery illustrated, as well as other websites. I love to add humor when writing about my thinking problems and memorable experiences in recovery, and to share some of the little miracles that kept me on the path. I am also a poet and a stained glass artist, working primarily with lamp shades. I am married and have a daughter, live near Ann Arbor, Michigan, and attend meetings regularly. I’ve been continuously clean and sober since March 14th, 1987, and am active in my recovery. I hope I never forget to be grateful for my second chance at life. My first book, Spiritual Geometry 101– Crooked Lines, a collection of twenty sober stories of hope and humor, was printed in February, 2019. The eBook can be purchased here– https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PWHRXBC
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