by Jena Lopez
The Valley of Kings was
Robbed blind until all the accessible tombs
Were as empty as Christ’s tomb on Easter.
The rest were forgotten like an unrisen Christ.
Thousands of years later and
Miles away in the city of Amazon,
A woman sits in her therapist’s office.
She claims ignorance of her condition.
She sits quietly with hands folded in her lap
You hurt, the therapist says, What can I do to help you?
I don’t know she says, I don’t know
What is your hurt?
Yet she has braved the tortuous path
Of insurance in America
Because she must so she can live
But is frozen in fear.
I’m sad. I don’t know why.
I’m worried. I don’t know why.
My parents are divorced.
She will say no more.
Of course, she knows but
The answer is buried deep inside
Hidden as the tomb of Tutankhamun
And she is no Howard Carter.
The weeks continue.
Heart, mind, body, spirit
Nothing is found.
The therapist can only offer the tools:
(Brush, shovel, pick, trowel, buckets, bulldozer)
And the skills for her excavation
(Dig, scrape, pull, hold, brush).
On the sand; she is not willing to excavate
The ancient civilization inside her that
Holds the answers she seeks.
The hidden tombs are hardest to find
Grave robbers have already found the easiest
Ones but only Tutankhamun’s hold the true secrets
To the secret and lost history of pain.
Picking up the shovel is daunting and scary because
What if she excavates the tomb and
Finds nothing to explain
All the hurt.
Jena Lopez is a behavioral health social worker based in Seattle.
📸 Featured Image: Original photo by Mariana Rusanovschi/Shutterstock.com; photo editing by Emerald staff.
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