Poems of the Week

Immortal Longings

by Julia Griffin

“Two mummies of high-status individuals who lived at the time of Cleopatra
have been uncovered at Taposiris Magna…
One bears an image of a scarab, symbolising rebirth, painted in gold leaf.”
The Guardian

Trusting to gods unknown, you lived and died;
Grand shells were built and you were lodged inside.
The gold dust thinned away. Unfleshed, unjointed,
You waited there.
Now, are you disappointed?