Ancient Rituals

Writer: Anthony Salandy

Editor: Abdallah Sobhi

Photographer: Rokayya Khaled

Murmurs rise into a cacophonous coven
Where slender figures
Emerge from the stygian walls
That enclose the worshippers

In a world incensed by ancient rituals,

But despite solemn chanting
The ornate alter now tremors
With the sound of a deity
Now long departed

But born anew in the mouths
Of all those whose blood drips
From gaping mouths
That ooze one final incantation;

‘How beautiful you are master,
How wholly we are yours
Blood and Mind’,

Just as an owl signals a rising sun.