First Circle of Hell

Limbo is an intermediate place between Heaven and Hell, where unbaptized babies and innocents were thought to be sent, before the church under Pope Benedict XVI abolished this place from their teachings.  Limbo could also refer to the dance competition where you have to go under a horizontal bar with your back to the ground.  There is no punishment in limbo, but are you are deprived of any joy.  No one knows what happens to human souls following death, but almost every religion believes in some type of afterlife, along with hell, the devil and punishment for sinners.  The church wisely decided that people should not be punished for something that they did which is out of their control and is not their own fault, thus they went against what St Augustine concluded about infants who died without baptism in the fifth century.  In the 14th century, the poet Dante described limbo as the “first circle of hell” in The Divine Comedy, where these souls were not punished but grieved because they were separated from God and denied entry to paradise.  Limbo became a more tolerable place of eternal isolation, as compared to purgatory, where sin and defects of soul are purged.

Limbo was on the outer boundary of Hell, just across the River Acheron. Dante arrived at Limbo after boarding Charon and taking control of an Asterian Beast, who was one big bad mama jama.  Limbo is dark, a foreboding place of grand buildings and structures.  On the opposite side of the Citadel of Limbo, near the end of the circle, stood the serpentine fallen King Minos, the Judge of the Damned who captures the damned sinners and hurls them down to their specific circle to meet their eternal punishment.  Minos denies Dante access to any further level and they do battle and Dante manages to kill Minos, by placing his tongue on a torture device which splits his face in half, and then Virgil and Dante continue onto Lust, the second circle of hell.

Sitting here in limbo
But I know it won’t be long
Sitting here in limbo
Like a bird without a song
Well, they’re
Putting up resistance
But I know that my faith
Will lead me on
Sitting here in limbo
Waiting for the dice to roll
Sitting here in limbo
Got some time to search my soul
Well, they’re
Putting up resistance
But I know that my faith
Will lead me on
I don’t know where life will lead me
But I know where I’ve been
I can’t say what life will show me
But I know what I’ve seen
Tried my hand
At love and friendship
But all that is passed and gone
This little boy is moving on
Sitting here in limbo
Waiting for the tide to flow
Sitting here in limbo
Knowing that I have to go
Well, they’re
Putting up resistance
But I know that my faith
Will lead me on
I can’t say what life will show me
But I know what I’ve seen
I can’t say where life will lead me
But I know where I’ve been
Tried my hand
At love and friendship
But all that is passed and gone
This little boy is moving on
Sitting here in limbo
Waiting for the tide to flow
Sitting here in limbo
Knowing that I have to go
Well, they’re
Putting up resistance
But I know that my faith
Will lead me on
Sitting in limbo, sitting in limbo (limbo, limbo, limbo)
Sitting in limbo, sitting in limbo (limbo, limbo, limbo)
Sitting in limbo, sitting in limbo (limbo, limbo, limbo)
Sitting in limbo, limbo, limbo
Sitting in limbo (limbo, limbo, limbo)
Sitting in limbo, limbo, limbo
Limbo, limbo
Sitting in limbo, sitting in limbo (limbo, limbo, limbo)
Sitting in limbo, sitting in limbo (limbo, limbo, limbo)
Don’t know if it’s got to be so
Don’t know if it’s got to be so (limbo, limbo, limbo, limbo))
Sitting in limbo, sitting here in limbo (limbo, limbo, limbo, limbo)
But I know we won’t belong now
I know we won’t belong (limbo, limbo, limbo, limbo)
Hey, yeah (limbo, limbo, limbo, limbo)
Ah ha ha ha ha (limbo, limbo, limbo, limbo)
Ah ah ah ah ha (limbo, limbo, limbo, limbo)
Sitting in limbo, limbo, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh (limbo, limbo, limbo, limbo)

Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Sunday Writing Prompt “Limbo” hosted by Yves.

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