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 2 Years Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Years 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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An interesting and unusual "portrait" of a mummified celebrity, that brings humanity to something that is only regarded as an artefact now. Having worked with the British Museum researching these techniques, this was particularly moving.
N.

Posted 12 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

12 Months Ago

Dear Norman, thank you so much for giving this oldie a needed airing. My visit to the museum was so.. read more
You can never bring your riches to the afterlife at all, only the pain you've caused to others and the pain you feel.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

1 Year Ago

Thank you for your review JungLee.

Chris
This is awesome! I'm not much for critiques, I just enjoy the written word as raw as the writer displays it.
This is skillful, and enjoyable!

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

1 Year Ago

Styxian, I thank you for giving this older poem an airing. So pleased you enjoyed the read and very .. read more
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 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

1 Year 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 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

1 Year 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 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

1 Year 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

1 Year 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

1 Year 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 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

1 Year 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 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Years Ago

Many thanks Fran Marie. I appreciate your visit.

Chris
I truly Enjoy you r style of Writing Christine.

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Years 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 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Years Ago

Thanks Dave. As I filed past with all the other visitors, I just got a really strange feeling. Altho.. read more

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Christine Anne Shaw

Berkshire, United Kingdom



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Have been at Writerscafe for two years now, content to be in the company of like minded souls who love poetry. There are many talented poets on this forum. Have been reading poetry most of my life,.. more..

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