Appointment in Samarra

As I walked along
through the market’s throng
I saw her approach
and knew at once
that there was no reproach
blazing eyes, deep as hell
a deathly putrid smell
and a cloak, as dark as death
even as I held my breath
I knew, I was marked
I ran afar
and in that naive moment’s spur
I thought, I will evade her
but the dread was so numbing
that I never saw her coming
and death claimed her mark

based on the story Appointment in Samarra by John O’Hara

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