Osiris, Egyptian God of the Afterlife
Introduction: I love mythology and the ancient Egyptian gods and goddesses intrigue me. I hope you enjoy this poem about Osiris. In ancient times Osiris was worshiped by all. The poem is based on his legend and hymns the people of ancient Egypt sang.
Osiris, god of the afterlife and lord of the dead,
Your bright green skin a sign of resurrection and rebirth,
White Atef crown with two large Ostrich feathers upon your head,
Sometimes depicted with black skin for the Nile’s fertile earth,
The people and all the gods to thee do they adoreth,
Your soul is known powerful and is always in good stead.
A hymn people and gods sing, Hail Osiris to thee,
Thy glorious power will rule for all eternity.
Called lord of creation when you were born,
King you were, brother Set would delay you,
He conspired and from life you were torn,
Sealed in a chest, thrown in the Nile,
Leaving Isis alone and so forlorn,
When Set and conspirators did slay you,
Isis, your beloved, your sister-wife
Bitterly mourned the sad loss of your life.
Your cruel death inflicted by evil Set,
Was told to Isis by Pans and Satyrs.
Her union with your dead body beget
Your son Horus, he after many years
Did battle with evil murderer Set
And victor was Horus of no fears.
Legend of your story was unfurled
And you became King of the Underworld.
Afterlife’s merciful judge of the dead,
You bestow new life upon each good soul,
And like you, good souls are resurrected,
With transition life continues to flow,
As rebirth in the afterlife with no dread
Of sorrows or struggles from life before.
Stars bow to earth in adoration of thee,
The world gives praise to thy majesty.
© 2017 Phyllis Doyle Burns