All Who Are About To Die
To die with pride - having God
on our side is the highest honour.
Unlike suicide, brave
martyrdom brings rewards -
heavenly riches and virgins
as promised - and promised.
This is my faith. I do not notice
innocent children, women and men.
In my fight for an end to tyranny
victims are victims. Though young
and gifted, there's nothing for me
to live for in a country wracked by war
where an enemy thought so little
of killing my father, mother,
my sister and brother -
I'll gladly avenge their blood.
Tonight I cleanse my soul - till purified
in prayer - tomorrow, I claim the prize.
Strap explosives to my back
in this inconspicuous ruck sack,
and I will detonate myself to paradise,
and if I end some worthless lives, so be it -
I'm heading for a better place -
and anywhere is better than this.