My poem “Trial” is inspired by the Ancient Egyptian Heart Scarab, a small carved stone said to be inscribed with a spell aiding the heart of the recently deceased in their journey to the afterlife.
I sit within my master’s soul
made from dark green stone and longing.
Her blackened, dried flesh
protects me from the outside world.
Myself and my companion
share the empty cavern in her chest
We travel down the darkened path
its currents strong and fierce.
We pass the faces of those before
who had failed the coming test.
My instructions lie apart of me.
We float towards judgement.
We enter the ethereal hall
the towering arbiters stand listening.
Our time has come, she must succeed
or we will both fall to ruin.