The Mummy                                                                                                         —Ace Boggess
                                     Universal Pictures, 1932

From Philosophy 101, theories of existentialism,
there are two types of immortality:
that of the body, & the other a desire
to be remembered after death.
It’s what we want: to leave behind a child, 
book, sonata, a single mark on a scrap of paper
or written in genetic code. Imhotep

preferred the former, calling on old gods
for flesh transcending years, & love.
What does it mean to say love you forever?
Where do the stars end? Where
does the candle flicker into smoke & ember?
Love must seem more cliché than truth
when four thousand years have passed.

Karloff, who played that scrawny lamppost
of a priest lives on in the latter: an accident
of time & the art of being monstrous.
He had such a memorable presence on film
like the soundtrack to Star Wars
or the voice of Elvis crooning forever
to all his now forgotten Girls! Girls! Girls!


Ace Boggess is author of two books of poetry, most recently The Prisoners (Brick Road, 2014), and the novel A Song Without a Melody (forthcoming from Hyperborea Publishing). His poems have appeared in Mid-American Review, North Dakota Quarterly, cream city review, American Literary Review, and many other journals. He lives in Charleston, West Virginia.

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