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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Nile




All of us obey.
We feed off your back,
Khepri rolls the sun.

Sing awaken with English names.
Cowled Ra, stork of the Sudd,
On your blue lips I place my longest kiss.
Play sticks on your belly of stones.
Thoth, my Ibis-headed party-self.
Dips a pen to you,
Papyrus words of smoking water.

On a reed raft, I ferry you to my island,
We cross the lake to Tis Issat,
carry a shell into a branch,
and sleep there overnight.

Bathe in fountains, listen to the world.
Read by words you created,
words that worship your flesh,
words that revere your bones,
words set in meter,
to your dances,
that praise your every invention.

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