Several months ago, I finally got around to painting eyes on my van so that it could see where it is going.  It is an old surplus vehicle from the university.  I walked around that van parked in the surplus yard for a winter looking at it as the snow melted off.  It used to belong to the geology department.  One of their rigs dropped a drive line on me going 80 mph in the Columbia Basin while I was driving shuttle for a group of C.I.S. capitalists.  I figured it would be safe to buy one since I had used up the hoodoo on this particular type of van.  The eyes of Horus helped to take the university out of the thing.

This week I remembered why the Eye of Horus is important.  I found the book that gave me that legend.  I was moving my library to my new studio space.  To tell you the truth, we all have a smattering of old Egypt in much of our myth structure.  It gets muddied up.  This book was called The Healing Hand: man and wound in the ancient world by Guido Majno; Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 1975.  It came across my desk when I was cataloging for libraries.

These 2 illustrations have stuck with me all these years.

I guess I have been looking for that missing 1/64th ever since.

About johnsmithiiimxiii

John Smith, IIMXIII is the avatar of an award winning poet, artist, etc. who still lives in the Palouse country of the Pacific NW. He has not received much notice with his prose . . . but as his avatar, I hope that he keeps plugging along.

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