Twin lionesses with snaking necks entwined,
statant dexter, in cryptid caduceus, ancient
questing beast out of the dimmest shadow of
Egypt and Mesopotamia: two halves of a riddle.
Cosmetics were mixed in the depression
where their necks loop over each other in
figure-eight knot to make a depression on
an ancient palette. They guard official seals.
One represents the dark chaos beyond the walls
of benevolent king-craft, Pharaoh and Gilgamesh;
the other is the chthonic life force erupting up
through barren earth in ever-renewing Spring.
Sekhmet-Apophis, Uridimmu-Bašmu, blended
Leo-Draco in perfect balance: the proto-Aeon,
the pretzel of an ouroboros of harmonious
cosmic equilibrium and eternal renewal.