Pepper II

By Meredith Davies Hadaway

No one knows why

 

Pharaoh Ramses II was

 

found with peppercorns

 

stuffed up his nose, but

 

 

we have our suspicions.

 

 

 

After 30 years of reign

 

he made himself a god,

 

and, yes, his corpse

 

survives—was flown to

 

 

Paris under an Egyptian

 

passport noting

 

Occupation: King

 

(deceased)—not God

 

and sadly, not immortal.

 

 

Unless you are a god,

 

don’t shove pepper up

 

your nose—when you

 

sneeze, air leaves your

 

 

nose at 100 miles per

 

hour and you should

 

really try not to

 

squander it.

 

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Meredith Davies Hadaway is the author of two poetry collections, The River is a Reason (2011) and Fishing Secrets of the Dead (2005). In addition to publishing poems and reviews in various literary journalsshe serves as poetry editor for The Summerset Review. Hadaway is VP College Relations & Marketing for Washington College.


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