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Rated: E · Poetry · History · #2212020
Inspired by History of Egypt podcast
Esurientes implevit bonis et divites dimisit inanes.
(The hungry He fills with good
and the rich He dismisses empty.)
         â€”from Magnificat


Pharaoh wants to live forever
in plenty. He stockpiles goods
in limestone vaults, builds
mortuary temples to satiate
his desire for eternal worship,

but hidden crypts
can't long elude the looter,
who lacks divinity and wants
to live less hungry now.

He tips his hat as he enters,
bows to the sarcophagus
as he hollows out the tomb.
Under his breath he hums,

untroubled by Pharaoh
sighing silently in repose
or the distant, defeated groans
of an archeologist excavating
five thousand years hence.
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