Poem: “The King’s Chamber”

The King’s Chamber

The pyramid of Khufu
The King’s Chamber
The sarcophagus

Then imagine
No empty coffin
But nuclear reaction

Within those tons of stone
Plutonium and cobalt
Demons of the desert

Then, five thousand years
Times five thousand years
In which to guard this stone-wrapped mummy

O desert night
Deserted burial
And restless Pharaoh

March 30, 2011

Pavel Chichikov is a Washington DC-based poet and photographer. He has written for both the secular and the Catholic press on issues as diverse as Russian nuclear weapons systems, Olympic athletes, and miracles. His books include From Here to Babylon: Poems by Pavel Chichikov,  Lion Sun: Poems by Pavel Chichikov, Mysteries and Stations in the Manner of Ignatius, and Animal Kingdom. Pavel may be heard reading his works on catholicradiointernational.com and on pavelreads.com. His poetry regularly appears on "The Poetry of Pavel Chichikov."