there is a devil in a fishnet
chanting on stage
amongst the wilted flowers

there is a vase
(it is his soul)
on the scale
the feather on the other side
will cure or bite
Ma’at is waiting

beyond is paradise
Jackal-Head awaits

there is a devil in a fishnet
fallen off the stage
the flowers turned to dust

(c) 2013 Allen Simpson

Jackal-Head refers to Anubis, the jackal-headed Egyptian God

“Maat or ma’at (thought to have been pronounced *[muʔ.ʕat]), also spelled māt or mayet, was the ancient Egyptian concept of truth, balance, order, law, morality, and justice. Maat was also personified as a goddess regulating the stars, seasons, and the actions of both mortals and the deities, who set the order of the universe from chaos at the moment of creation. Her (ideological) counterpart was Isfet.”
– Wikipedia

“Anubis (/əˈnuːbəs/ or /əˈnjuːbəs/; Ancient Greek: Ἄνουβις) is the Greek name for a jackal-headed god associated with mummification and the afterlife in ancient Egyptian religion. According to the Akkadian transcription in the Amarna letters, Anubis’ name was vocalized in Egyptian as Anapa. The oldest known mention of Anubis is in the Old Kingdom pyramid texts, where he is associated with the burial of the pharaoh. At this time, Anubis was the most important god of the dead but he was replaced during the Middle Kingdom by Osiris.”
– wikipedia

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