79 The Forceful Chargers: Poems based on the Qur’an

When the Trumpet sounds

the dead will awake

not understanding the passage of time —

like the seed that blows

from a tree,

and dies in the cold earth

brought to life again later

by the warming sun.

The angels will go forth

like forceful chargers readied for war

to gather the souls of believers and non-believers

and those who mocked their warner

will have their eyes opened too late,

for they preferred the physical world,

but those who feared the Lord

and restrained from their base desires

will see the gates of Paradise open.

The Creator can bring all things back to life,

as He wills.

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