Nefertity's Bust - Neues Museum of Berlin
Prompt by Tess Kincade, Magpie Tales
Nefertity - Queen of Egypt
Oh Nefertity, most exalted Queen of Egypt;
favoured wife of Pharaoh Arkhenaten.
Thy name, "The one of beauty has arrived",
heralds fame to shout aloud from time's recorded annals.
Thy history abounds, untarnished like tell-tale embers,
glowing still from that most charismatic Eighteenth Dynasty.
Thou ascended from the void to become a glowing star;
the other binary to rule with power beside thine Pharaoh.
Such beauty was not seen before, nor yet repeated.
Three and thirty centuries have not eclipsed thy glory.
Thy distant Earthly dwelling remains a sharp, well focused reminiscence to haunt our hearts.
Those twelve years thou dreamed up Monotheism
with that most renegade of kings, Arkenaten.
Six daughter suns were born to thee oh mighty queen
Yet we see thee fall from heaven like a shooting star.
For no son is born to thee, and no male successor comes.
We see the boy Tutankhamen rise to glory . . .
. . . . . not from thy womb, and thou are lost for ever . . .
to meet the real and mighty Monotheistic God.
Looks as though someone has nibbled a piece of her ear
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