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Lioness of the Desert by Ed Ireland
The sun hangs over the ancient desert
Hot, burning, scorching all it can cover
The heat of her father burns in her heart
Consuming every friend, foe, and lover
Protector of Pharaohs, rulers of Egypt
Terrible, menacing in her fiercest wrath
Warrior goddess of death and destruction
Her enemy’s blood is now her bath
Yet tenderly healing her strong dying kings
Standing by them when judgment is sounded
Leading them into their final battle after death
Then setting their spirits free and unbounded
Dressed in red, your favorite color of blood
Except when you’re not dressed at all
The lioness eyes, muzzle, and braided hair
The fleeting features witness the enemy fall
Created by your father Ra, gleaned from a fiery eye
Sent to destroy his enemies, mortals of the lower Nile
Your task you finished with a wild zealous joy
Until almost all of humanity fell before your smile
Warrior goddess your breath created the desert
Tasked with the most important charge of all
Sekhemet you are called, the one who is powerful
Your image shines from obelisk, tomb, and wall
About the Poem: The ultimate figure of anger and wrath. The Goddess Sekhemet created to destroy the enemies of Ra. Her anger became rage and in her zeal the entire human race was almost lost. A testament to anger.
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