Final Request

by Behzad Dayeny

I shall die someday in a strange land

Far from where I was born

I know for a fact and admit

That no one there will hear of it or mourn

When the time finally arrives

Do not bury me in the ground

Where I’d be imprisoned for ever

Never to be found

Cremate my body

Scatter my ashes to the wind

Let me fly free

Not confined to an urn

So that a part of me

May be carried across the ocean

And there beside my ancestors

I may chance to rest again