Journey: AfterLife


A     golden boy
with forty-nine amulets
and ochroid mask;

from nested coffins
travels to the afterlife,
the feet sandaled white;

steps from sarcophagus.
The way perilous,
the fronded body shielded

by cartonnage,
he begins to recite
the verses across auric

tongue, before the heart
silenced by a blond scarab
is judged ’gainst feather.

The knot of Isis
loosens, and the boy looks
into the eye of Horus.

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