Trust and Dissolve
I took up the Book of the Dead. Reading where it opened.
Who underlined these words, starred these strange passages?
I can’t remember my hand, or my eyes, straying here.
When was this? What did I want to say to myself?
“Know that the blood-drinking deities are meditational deities;
greet them as old friends, trust them and dissolve.”
Picture: Assyrian protective spirits, guarding against evil from any direction. British Museum.