Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist
poliphilo

Manchester Museum

Another Egyptian poem. This one I can date. It was written in 1986. Manchester University has a great Egyptian collection- much of it assembled by Flinders Petrie. I used to say I learned more about the ancient Egyptians from the Manchester Museum than I did from going to Egypt.

               MANCHESTER
MUSEUM

This dead thing in its body bag and box
(Mummies have faces like grandfather clocks)
Stood in a rich man's hall.  Claire Sheridan writes
He chucked it out for spooking them at nights.
Its little twiggy toes make me feel sad.
 I wonder what kind of an afterlife it's had.
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