Andrew, thanks for the fix.
My apologies. The title does indeed evoke Milton, but that's as far as he gets in this vision. I do like his cannons in the War in Heaven, though. And no, I don't think that familiarity with Dante is necessary, but it was my way into the poem. And of course the images either work for the reader or not. And yes, of course both meanings of God help me can (I hope) work here. For me, there is no inherent conflict. Thanks for your care in your reading. Good to have you here as eyes and ears.
Your comments have got me thinking of my intent, and my attempt to imagine a paradise as a (admittedly sordid) reflection of the world below – as least as we know it now. And I do agree that I can go off in tangents with images that appeal to me, hoping that they will function in ways – that in this poem at least – do not for you. Always appreciate your comments, and mind and eye.