The Lost Pharaoh

Inspired by an article I read in The Times


Over two thousand years ago

Colossal statues of Pharaohs

Were carved out of rosy granite

But Egyptian land was subsiding

And the holy temple sinking

The city of Heracleion

Lost in the Mediterranean.


Discovered by archaeologists

Who saved it from the sea mists

Dug it from the sand and clay

With pulleys and chains, began to winch

A six-tonne Pharaoh, inch by inch,

From deep in the Mediterranean

To the Great Hall in the British Museum.


© Kim M. Russell, 2016

Lost Pharaoh


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