Aphelion Issue 277, Volume 26
October 2022
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The Curse of the Pharaoh

by Mathias Jansson

After ten years of endless search
we finally succeed to break the seal
to the secret tomb of pharaoh Khaba

A place of no man entered
for four thousand years
room after room
filled with gold and treasures
and an ancient curse
echoing in the corridors

Back in my London flat
from my desert expedition
my skin started to itch
dry out as sandpaper
burst and crack in pain
in vain I tried to lubricate
my skin with creams and oils

I can no longer go out
the sun tortures me
alone I sit bandaged as a mummy
to protect my skin from infections
surrounded by my stolen treasures
but nothing can protect my soul
from the curse of the pharaoh

© 2013 Mathias Jansson

Mathias Jansson is a Swedish art critic and poet. He has been published in magazines as The Horror Zine Magazine, Dark Eclipse, Schlock, The Sirens Call and The Poetry Box. He has also contributed to several anthologies from Horrified Press and James Ward Kirk Fiction as Suffer Eternal anthology Volume 1-3, Hell Whore Anthology Volume 1-3, Barnyard Horror and Serial Killers Tres Tria. Homepage, : mathiasjansson72.blogspot.se/

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