The Tombs of Kha and Mirit: A Poem
(Egyptian, c. 1500 BCE, now in the Turin Museum) i Everything you would need and perhaps more: a game of senet, for two players, with its perfect drawer; four slender walking sticks, Mirit’s beauty box, her combs and pins, eye-shadow containers. Thirty-four undergarments in a wooden chest, a braided wig; Vases filled with fish, fowl,… The post The Tombs of Kha and Mirit: A Poem appeared first on VoegelinView.

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(Egyptian, c. 1500 BCE, now in the Turin Museum)
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Everything you would need
and perhaps more:
a game of senet, for two players,
with its perfect drawer;
four slender walking sticks, Mirit’s beauty box,
her combs and pins,
eye-shadow containers.
Thirty-four undergarments
in a wooden chest,
a braided wig;
Vases filled with fish, fowl, meat,
bread and cumin seeds;
a two-handed jar, inscribed
“all good and useful things.”
Your right hand on my left arm
as we walk, in step.
Two garlands of flowers,
now dried.
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For me, outside in the square, a bicerín:
thick whipped cream, espresso underneath,
dark chocolate under that;
a miniature glass of mineral water;
three tiny biscuits, one in the shape of a heart,
to die for.

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