Above the Abyss (Of Knowledge Beyond Reason)

I have led away the darkness captive by my might.
          —The Book of the Dead LXXX:61


Above the abyss everything
is not what you thought it was, someone
else taught less than this education
was worth, in the end, wanting more than
changing the pace of its fulfillment’s


anticipation has been the gem
awaiting you at this pyramid’s
glittering apex, disappointing
enough to obliterate in an
instant any misconception your


head might have erected hastily
way back then, when your youth was being
misspent buying into the lies of
dying idols only you could be
so foolish to believe in, trying


too hard to complete empty temples,
castles in the sky to compensate
for your faith’s lack of foundation, wastes
no matter how hard or how many
times you tried, not knowing the ascent


is from inside and not toward the
sky, but upriver to your heart from
the anxieties of your mind, since
enlightenment’s origin lies in
the wisdom of Egypt, heaven’s own


reflection on earth, as much in stone
as in spirit, so Trismegistus
told us, and the Universe is one
Hermetic thought whose key to being
unsealed like a vault is this secret


you have yet to be taught: your body
was built on the same plan, spine aligned
north to south as the Nile was defined
in its initiates’ gilded time,
synapses of thought, as if snaps of


crocodile jaws, flashes of insight
igniting ideas into real
feelings motivating true pilgrims
to live by what doctrine has guided
gods and men since before religion,


since the beginning: to return to
the light by forgiving your Self for
committing the sin of believing
living to be a form of sinning,
to listen, instead, experience


firsthand what only your senses
can interpret, in those moments when
creating the myth of your being’s
becoming, burning from existence
ev’rything hindering your progress.

1“Chapter LXXX: The Chapter of Changing into the God Who Giveth Light in the Darkness”, [Verse] 6, in “Translation: The Book of the Dead: Plate XXVIII” of The Book of the Dead: The Papyrus of Ani in the British Museum. The Egyptian Text with Interlinear Transliteration and Translation, a Running Translation, Introduction, etc. by E. A. Wallis Budge, published at New York by Dover Publications, Inc. in 2015; page 341.