An Ancient Egyptian Poem

This love is as good
as oil and honey to the throat,
as linen to the body,
as fine garments to the gods,
as incense to worshippers
when they enter in,
as the little seal-ring
to my finger.

It is like a ripe pear
in a man's hand,
it is like the dates
we mix with wine,
it is like the seeds
the baker adds to bread.

We will be together
even when old age comes.
And the days in between
will be food set before us,
dates and honey, bread and wine.

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