As frustrations heighten,
Hope’s heartbeat is fainting…
Dreams deferred –
Now my end has begun.

Convulsing with pain
And riddled with fear
In the throes of labor
I am undone.

No time to be graceful
or catch my breath
I ball my fists, clench my teeth
And scream.

Praying heaven will hear me
The angels will help me
And this seed that I carry
Will not die.

I am Hannah.
I am Jacob.
I am the Canaanite mother.
And I will not be denied.