On rereading John Ciardi’s translation of The Inferno or, Dante in a minute.

A nut gets lost in the woods. Buddy sees him.

Buddy says, “Hey! Sign says, ‘No trespassing. Hopeless Abandoned Waste Dump.'”

Doesn’t stop them.

-Heck of a waste dump, did you get a whiff. B.O. What were we thinking?

Lookie. That is one hell of a toilet, Dan. Gotta admire it. Nine shades of brown.

-Jesus that’s nasty.

Put your head in it.

-You shit’n me? Goddamn, it stinks.

What did you expect? It’s a waste dump. Didn’t you read the sign?

-God almighty! Whole place smells like ass! Light a match for Chrissake! Let’s get outta here!

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