At the moment of my birth,
just seconds after leaving the birth canal
& still covered in blood & amniotic fluid.
The doctor, who was lifting me up to show
to my elated mother,
suddenly slipped & stumbled.
I began to drop toward the earth
& just a hair’s breadth away from
eternal damnation & Hellfire.
When at the last possible second,
the attending doula
— caught me —
My whole life passed before my eyes.
But I remember thinking,
if I had to do it all over again
I wouldn’t change a thing