Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Poem: "The Enigmatic Egg in the Hidden Land"

This is the freebie for the March [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alexseanchai. It also fills the "Nobody Knows" square in my 2-1-17 (Love Songs) card for the Valentines Bingo fest.


"The Enigmatic Egg in the Hidden Land"


George Dowling went to Egypt
expecting to dig up statues of dogs
and instead dug up a god.

To be sure, Anubis was
wearing the statue of a dog
when George dug him up,
but he was still a god.

Anubis yawned and stretched
and said, "That was a nice little nap,"

and George dropped his shovel on his foot.

"This is impossible," George said.
"I am an atheist. Gods don't exist.
"Nobody knows that better than me."

"Learn to rise up out of the enigmatic egg
in the hidden land," Anubis advised him,
then trotted away into the desert.

George wanted to wave it all away
as a symptom of sunstroke, but
Anubis remained stubbornly visible
and verbose on the survey video.

Grudgingly, George put it up
for peer review as part of his report
on the progress of the dig.

Plenty of people tried
to replicate his results, but
Anubis remained just out of reach
and nobody was able to confirm
or disprove the existence of deities

until Catherine Carmichael
came running out of the dunes
swearing that a statue of a cat

had turned into Bastet.

* * *

Notes:

"Learn to rise up out of the enigmatic egg in the hidden land."
-- Egyptian proverb

In case you're curious, that's a recommendation for spiritual enlightenment.  It refers to the cosmic egg popular in many world religions, and a nickname for Egypt, home of many gods.  I don't know if anyone has mentioned that in modern times, though.

The ancient Egyptians made many statues of dogs and cats.

Tags: cyberfunded creativity, ethnic studies, fishbowl, poem, poetry, reading, spirituality, weblit, writing
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