Drifting Among the Reeds
I was impressed by a recent article in the Smithsonian magazine about new archeological finds in Egypt. They have uncovered a large cache of sarcophaguses that are in pristine condition. They also have inscriptions naming the occupants. One mentioned in the article was a woman named Ta-Gemi-en-Aset which translated to "She who was found by Isis". So I have used this as an inspiration for a series of songs reimagining what her life might have been like 3000 or more years or so ago in Egypt. And how it lead to her having a relatively nice burial which would have assured her a favorable place in the after life.
This song is from the phrase "found by Isis". I am imagining an orphan, an unwanted child. Maybe her mother died in childbirth or maybe she was so poor that she could not afford to care for the baby. Or maybe she was the product of some unsavory conduct (rape or prostitution).
Anyway the birth control of the day may have been to offer the baby to the gods by floating her in a basket on the Nile. Either the crocodiles would get her (Sobek) or someone would rescue her who could afford to care for her. I picture her washing ashore near the temple of Isis in the lower Nile and being taken in to be trained in the healing arts that Isis (Aset in Egyptian) oversaw.
I'm hoping that this character and her life will generate more songs for me. And that she will delight you as I try to tell her story.
In a basket among the reeds
a baby her mother couldn't feed
just another orphan no one needs
She is an offering to the gods
will they help her against all odds?
If she cries, will anybody hear?
[bamboo flute solo]
A friendly face and out stretched hands
gather the child who came to land
in the lap of Isis, the temple her new home
The Mother goddess saw her and smiled
a baby cast upon the Nile
another chance to heal a lost soul
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