(Canto XIX, Dante’s Inferno)
The Via Veneto outside is fashion
gaiety and indolence, and tourists
come to look at the gruesome
result of long dire devotion.
The quatromille cupochin skulls
left here for contemplation.
For this is the point of belief
a demented, yes unfashionable now,
proof of existence, priests
with head below and flaming feet