The Flight Of The Bennu
Born of the embers of cinnamon myrrh,
by Amera Andersen
taking flight o’re the kingdom of Pharaoh.
The gods gave her pow’r and watched over her,
still she fell from the sky by an arrow.
Now the fluid of life that stained her wing
would consume any mortal winged fowl.
The pain that she felt was agonizing
as she covered the wound with her cowl.
Yet, lo and behold the stain disappeared
as the shaft of the arrow fell from skin
and the gods of Pharaoh silently cheered
with the sound of harps and a mandolin.
So the fate of the Bennu, the bird of fire,
lends pow’r to Egypt; ‘tis Pharaoh’s des're.
Author notes -
A phoenix is a mythical bird with beautiful gold and red plumage. At the end of its life-cycle the phoenix builds itself a nest of cinnamon twigs that it then ignites; both nest and bird burn fiercely and are reduced to ashes, from which a new, young phoenix arises. The new phoenix is destined to live, usually, as long as the old one. In some stories, the new phoenix embalms the ashes of the old phoenix in an egg made of myrrh and deposits it in the Egyptian city of Heliopolis (sun city in Greek) . The bird was also said to regenerate when hurt or wounded by a foe, thus being almost immortal and invincible — a symbol of fire and divinity.
Bennu: Is the Egyptian name for the phoenix the bird of fire.