2 December 2003 | Vol. 3, No. 4

Unveiling the Mummy

See the hand: root-like and hooked.

Notched knuckles, scars traveling

veneer of brown skin. See how it crowds

the skull, pushing inward, depraved,

nails at a grotesque length, sweep

of drama evident in its clenching.

The mouth, then: agape but swaddled.

The peeling silks, strips of cloth