Oh, Hell

By James Whitcomb Reilly

Oh Hell–just what is meant
by this word Hell.
They say sometimes it’s cold
as Hell,
Sometimes they say it’s hot
as Hell.
When it rains they say it’s
Hell they cry,
And it’s Hell when it’s dry.
They hate like Hell to see
it snow,
It’s a Hell of a wind when
it starts to blow.
Now how in the world can anyone
tell,
What in the Hell they mean
by this word Hell.

This mad life is Hell they
say,
When he comes in late, there’s
Hell to pay.
When she starts to yell it’s
a Hell of a note,
And it’s Hell when the kids
you have to tote.

It’s Hell when the doctor sends
you his bills,
For a Hell of a lot of trips
and pills.
And when you get this you will
know real well,
Just what is meant by this
word Hell.

Hell yes, Hell no, and oh Hell
too,
The Hell you don’t and the
Hell you do.
And what Hell of a Hell it
is,
The Hell with yours and the
Hell with His.

Now where in the Hell and oh
Hell where,
And what the Hell do you think
I care.
But the Hell of it is it’s
sure as Hell,
That we don’t know what in
the Hell is Hell.

4 thoughts on “Oh, Hell

  1. I love it and they don’t know; When I get to heaven I’d rather be wrong believing there is no hell, then to be wrong believing there was a hell.

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