Sunday, January 8, 2012

The Purple Prose of Cairo

This crepuscular crypt is Egyptian
There's a strange hieroglyphic inscription      
Amid sculptures pharonic
A voice, soft, sardonic
Reads an ancient alchemic prescription.

So he hunts for the fountain of life
As he punts down the stream with his wife
To imbibe an elixir
That for her is a fixer
And for Phibes is a surcease of strife.

David Cairns

Valli Kemp and Vincent Price in Doctor Phibes Rises Again! (Robert Fuest, 1972).  Image © 1971 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved

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