Tutankhamun …

In the tomb,

golden,  gleaming ..

in the gloom

golden,  dreaming ..


kohled, canthus-eyed,

the boy-king lay

beneath the burnished mask;

watchful, waiting unperturbed

in that sour sepulchral space,

for the immortal Sun god, Ra,

to breathe breath

upon his mortal face ..

in the gloom,

golden,  gleaming..

in the tomb,

golden,  dreaming … .

About atomsofstars

Reticent .. but I hope my poetry speaks for me .. Favourite quotation .. ' Uttering a word is like striking a note on the keyboard of the imagination.' Ludwig Wittgenstein
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4 Responses to Tutankhamun …

  1. Shermeen says:

    I like this very much, Marya. Very clever.

  2. atomsofstars says:

    Hi again, Shermeen .. Thank you very much … I find the civilisation and culture of Ancient Egypt fascinating. I lived in Egypt as a young child and remember being absolutely terrified of the ‘mummies’ inside glass cases in Cairo Museum .. I ran out into the street! Despite this inauspicious introduction, as I grew older I became intrigued by the mythology and the mysterious hieroglyphs and the stunning art and craftsmanship of these imaginative people.
    I saw the famous golden mask of Tutankhamun in the great Exhibition at the British Museum … those eyes appeared to follow you around the casket …

  3. One of my favorites that i’ve read so far. A very unique topic for a poem, and well written as always.

  4. atomsofstars says:

    Hello again, T.C.S

    Thank you very much. I hadn’t thought of it like that .. but I suppose you don’t come across many English poems from inside a pyramid 🙂

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