I screamed in agony.
“Rebirth!” they reminded me,
But death now?
I was striving for immortality,
I was stronger than you deemed.
They tied me down,
They poked and probed;
My body protested.
My mind fled.
Vexed, I seized to fight.
There were no options, no ultimatums.
My lips parted,
My jaw racketed against my tongue.
Her wrinkly, old hands held my head.
Words of the Quran she read.
I gasped, afraid of the execution.
An angel smiled.