Roz Kaveney (rozk) wrote,
Roz Kaveney

Just how many Egypt poems am I going to write?

Nature Myth

Set kills Osiris. Slices him apart,
and throws his penis to a crocodile
feeds owls his brain, and centipedes his heart
and sniggers, sings a cheerful death song while

he works. When mother Isis wanders by
and asks him where her husband has got to
Set looks quite innocent, and tells a lie.
He doesn't know, he's making barbecue

for all the beasts. She guesses. Goes around.
Gets all the bits except his genitals.
Stitches and wraps and brings him back all sound
save for his ivory cock, his new jade balls.

Lost happiness can be brought back complete.
To do it though, you may well have to cheat.
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