Papyrus of Ani
Feng Chen

(with thanks to Neil Parker)

How did it feel to meet Adam, the mortal?

The esophagus is full of swallows.

Incineration throughout

our Egyptian affair.

July and August crinkled with carbon.

"During the Old Kingdom, swallows were associated with stars,

therefore the souls of the dead."

The Book of the Dead tells you how to transform into a swallow:

"Words spoken by the Osiris Ani, true of voice:

I am a swallow, that swallow, the scorpion, daughter of Ra."

Fold your body into twentieths

as you embrace the human subject.

Allow the human subject to absorb you

into his or her oral cavity.

The esophagus will be smooth and lubricated.

"I have kept watch on the Island of Fire; I have gone according to the message, and I have come with the report of it."

Egyptian poets declare new love by the swallow,

the swallow declaring the redundant

sun, brilliant God. Seen on the prow

of the boat, the swallow

swallowing flat air.

How to transform into a swallow: turn

out the lights. Open your mouth. Insert,

eject, insert, eject.

"You were the best."

The Danes believe that the "svale" was named by the event of Christ's crucifixion, as the "svale" tried to ease His suffering, crying svale svale! Cheer up! Cheer up! In Scotland, swallows hold the blood of Satan in their veins. The French know of two precious stones within the swallow: a red one to cure insanity, a black one for good luck.

Stomach acid. What happens

to an esophagus if you vomit for three hundred days

over the shadow of a girl? The swallow,

like the wren, is credited with bringing

fire to humankind.

Like many others, I feel privileged to have seen a swallow fly.

But I am selfish, and made of many sisters,

and memories are like pebbles in a stream,

similar and sororial.

They grow dull

in my hand, when dried.

"You taste good." Why does nothing interest me anymore? The life of an animal is not difficult.

I am happy when sleeping, or swallowing food.

Insanity and good luck should be enough.

What is the chant that tunnels

you into another body?

Chapter 86: Behold, I am coming;

I have cast down my enemies

upon the earth,

and my body

is in its coffin.