The Bone Lady


The bone lady lays out the bones
on the floor of the tomb,
clearing dirt with a chop stick;
lays out the frameworks
of ancestors reduced to stones,
a priest buried for millennia
in the golden sand of Egypt;
divines family bones for signs
of age, sex and malady,
matching the forensics
to the reliefs and hieroglyphics,
quotes history from the relics.

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