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  • Writer's pictureLama Jigme Gyatso

"The Mummy" Traumatized

The Mummy.

It was the Mummy that got me.

I was a very small child when I watched

the original, monochromatic, Universal Studios

version of “The Mummy” staring Boris Karloff.

The original stirring of the titular mummy

in the first reel was scary

but then nothing else very interesting seemed to happen

until the mummy shared his origin story with words and images.

The scene of his tongue being cut out

absolutely traumatized me.

And since then I’ve spoken through a clenched jaw,

reminiscent of Darth Malak.

Perhaps my inner child is trying to prevent

an ancient Egyptian official

from cutting out my tongue.

But fear is a path to the Dark Side,

and meditation an excellent balm.

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