Passport Photo Fit for a Pharaoh

an archaeological poem with a photo finish

Joe Váradi
Nov 28, 2019 · 2 min read
Ramesses II Charging the Nubians — mural, Temple of Beit El-Wali

Ramesses II — a badass ruler
Among pharaohs, few were cooler

Not one to back down from a fight
Vanquished he Nubian, Hittite

Was the big man by the Red Sea,
Most of Thirteenth Cent’ry, B.C.

Age did catch up with the old man
Was ninety when he kicked the can

Royally embalmed, when he died
For millennia — mummified

Discovered in the 1880s
Still in one piece, good old Ramesses

In a Cairo museum — lay in state
… and continued to deteriorate

He slept through the Six-Day War
But, by Nineteen Seventy-Four

His minders had at last decided
To Paris his corpse must be guided

For an expert intervention
Proper chemical attention

One last obstacle to clear:
Egypt’s laws were quite austere

Documents strictly required
Even for trav’lers expired!

Thus did Ramesses — precious cargo —
Travel by air, “papered”, although
Hardly with a flattering photo!


All this actually happened! Follow the link below the photo for more details.

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