A Mummy's Viewpoint

A Mummy's Viewpoint

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw
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(an alternative view after a museum visit in Oxford)

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Encased in glass, I lie supine,
as people pass by single file.
My body bound by linen strips
in geometric patterned style
of ancient Egypt's craftsmanship.
A Roman portrait at my head,
my lips are pursed, too sad to smile.
"She was a beauty", I hear said,
"How did she meet her early death?
Her pearls portray a life of wealth,
too bad her riches and her gold
could not have bought her better health".
Into a stranger's land I'm brought,
away from all I've ever known,
where day to day I am displayed
undignified, away from home.
The afterlife I had in mind
was where I languished in my dreams,
yet here within museum walls,
it's not the heaven that it seemed.
My silent cries are lost to all,
how small I am within this place.
Repatriate me, please I ask
to find elation on my face.

© 2019 Christine Anne Shaw


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and in the end...no matter how big or important we were in life....in death we are the same size as anyone else...
i like the theme here...and it is coincidental...because I am reading a book right now about a woman in a coma..she has her thoughts and hears what people are saying , but cannot communicate and they all think she is oblivious when actually she is not...interesting what we can hear in those situations...
being on display is never easy.
j.

Posted 7 Months Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

7 Months Ago

That book sounds interesting Jacob, and is on a subject I have often pondered on. The awfulness of b.. read more



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dear Christine... a mummy's last dance...
whereupon at a glance... there are memories
when music played and pearls lay upon her breast.
The Egyptians knew our Spirit lived on through
blessings bestowed. Your poetry flows like the Nile..
steadfast and true. truly, Pat

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Many thanks Pat for your beautiful and poetic response, and for giving this older poem an airing.read more
Wow, this was really cool. Not every day you think about the perspective of one that has been dead for years. Though, I wonder -- would this being taken from home and put on display really matter if the soul is someplace in the afterlife?

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

many thanks Hayley and many apologies for the late response. You are right about the soul, but I sti.. read more
Good portrayal of the emotions of one without their anchor. Although I don't believe in all the fancy burial stuff--throw what's left of me in the garbage--I care about those who care. If artifacts are safe in their homeland, leave them there.

Posted 5 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

5 Months Ago

Thank you so much for your visit. You are welcome and I appreciate your thoughts on this write. I ag.. read more
Iain L. Luen

5 Months Ago

I heard of a service where your ashes can be mixed with concrete, put into a form, and put on the oc.. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

5 Months Ago

How wacky is that? Guess if it helps the environment it's got to be good.
I just read Einstein Noodle's poem, inspired by your poem, so I had to come check this out. As always, I am amazed at your fluid ability to put yourself in so many different shoes & perspectives! To me, this is the utmost in empathy (imagining how a mummy feels!) & it really adds depth & it's your HEART which adds authenticity to your writing (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

5 Months Ago

Happy Easter Sunday Margie. Thanks for giving this poem an airing. I felt really uncomfortable as I .. read more
Rich or poor were all the same in dying..it matters not how important or unimportant in life we are..like the part where her riches couldn't buy her better health..a very well written piece.

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

6 Months Ago

Many thanks Fran Marie. I appreciate your visit.

Chris
I truly Enjoy you r style of Writing Christine.

Posted 7 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

7 Months Ago

Hello there Black Penman. So good to see you and I am so pleased that you enjoy my poetry. That mean.. read more
This is such a thoughtful piece of writing. I never before gave a thought as to how a mummy might have felt about their being tucked away in a museum. In my years of teaching I taught about ancient Egypt and about their curious attitude toward death. Of course they saw themselves going on to the "Afterworld" and living a well deserved afterlife. I'm positive it didn't include being an object of curiosity in a far off museum.

Take care - Dave

Posted 7 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

7 Months Ago

Thanks Dave. As I filed past with all the other visitors, I just got a really strange feeling. Altho.. read more
Rest in peace, but she doesn't bless her .... who knows if she has awareness, and if she does how dreadful ..

Posted 7 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

7 Months Ago

You have summed up how I felt Stella. Thank you.

Chris
i love your poetry, wonderful choice of words, great themes. you paint beautiful word pictures !
cheerio carola

Posted 7 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

7 Months Ago

Carol, I am so pleased you enjoy my poetry. I am thankful for your visits. All good wishes.
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wow! well done Christine ...powerful social conscious awakening ... i watch things on TV ... have read articles ... seen some news casts about Mummies ... and shamefully never thought about the disregard for their burial rights .. at the forefront of my thinking is what an incredible "find" ... and to learn more about ancient civilizations ... i'm not sure that putting them back in their resting places is the best either tho ... i have the horrible feeling that worse people than geologists would be pawing all over them ... i love the voice of your poem ... Egyptians did believe in a "soul" from what i have read ... and that it was a perhaps complicated path that souls had to take .. hence the spells and directions written on the walls of tombs, coffins and later all the different "Books" ie "The Book of the Dead" ..all giving tips and directions for the soul to take ... they started to preserve bodies as a result of the belief that a persons soul may want to return to its body ... and so they started to mummify ;) i am not sure i would ever want to be the one to open those sites ... let alone extract things ... but better in the hands of museum caretakers than thieves of lesser ambitions
E.

Posted 7 Months Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

7 Months Ago

Dear Mr E, like yourself I am an avid fan of all those wonderful TV programmes about ancient finds... read more
Einstein Noodle

7 Months Ago

yeah .. i hear you ... my first thoughts when reading were of a touring display of Gunther von Hagen.. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

7 Months Ago

So interesting what you have written here. How awful that Chinese prisoners should end up that way, .. read more

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Christine Anne Shaw

Berkshire, United Kingdom



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Have been at Writerscafe for a year now, so pleased I made the change to posting my work here. Have loved reading poetry all my life, but never wrote my first poem until I hit 40. I wish now that I.. more..

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