And if the Wine you drink, the Lip you press,
End in the Nothing all Things end in - Yes

–Omar Khayyam

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Ra is in the wind


Be quiet. Ra is in the wind.
He speaks when the earth is silent and he alone existed until he named the names of things. 

River, he said, and River lived.
Nile. Mountain. Beetle. Fisherman. 

From his tongue springs words of water.
The river quakes with the sound of his voice. 

Air escaping from his nose. Breathe deep.
The wind a sigh from his mother. 

Such things are made everyday:
Duck, Mandrake, Raisin.
Grape, Pomegranate, Melon.
Cypress, Palm, Osiris.

–The Egyptian Book of the Dead


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