I remember thinking of the idea for this in the cafeteria of a dorm when I was still in college. I then distinctly remember writing the words in February 1997 (after college). I really like taking a preposterous idea and then running with it with lots of details. That’s what I did…
Loudspeakers of Hell
i once overheard someone say that in hell,
they probably play the same album
over and over and over until forever.
well, if i was in hell and given the opportunity
to select the album that they played,
i would have to pick my second or third favorite album
as not to ruin the love that i have for my favorite album or two.
then again, maybe, i would pick an album that
i had no interest in whatsoever,
and i could always go to my room and listen to one of my favorite albums
on a portable CD player or something.
for that matter, maybe i would always carry
that portable CD player with me
and always listen to CDs that I enjoy
as to block out the album that i had picked
to be played again and again and again over the loudspeakers in hell.
certainly i would have to turn the volume up on my CD player
quite loudly as to block out the album that is playing
again and again and again, as i’m certain that the big hell stereo system
would be turned up quite loudly.
unfortunately, listening to my portable CD player at such a high level
for such an extended period of time (eternity)
would certainly cause damage to my ears.
this might not be so bad,
as being deaf would certainly alleviate the agony
of listening to the same album
again and again and again over the loudspeakers of hell.
2007 Note: I think that it is funny that this is dated by the “portable CD player” references. Oh the pre-iPod days. What will make this comment seem old in eight years because of the iPod reference?