Albuquerque, NM.

Where the Pacific's gentled dribbled into marshes slowly desiccating into sand, this upscale neighborhood bordering Albuquerque's "Old Town" owes allegiance to no time or place. Its architecture evokes memories of a visit to the (Siwah) oasis ("on the remote western border of Egypt and Libya"). At several points in his various histories he will be said to have carried the chest up the ramp to the Great Bone House atop the ridge and placed it on a shelf inside beside other long-dead warriors. The bone house was very special. Only the bones of chieftains and great warriors were there. At night a funeral feast was held in the town. The family and the friends of the dead warrior were there to honor him. The bone picker disowned his father Philip and come to claim Ammon as his father. On coins, especially those issued by his successors, he is shown round-eyed and mystical, adorned with a curling ram's horn, symbol of the god Ammon. In the Alexander romance, he writes letters addressed from Ammon's son; in the Bible's Book of Daniel, he appears in the guise of the ram-horned conqueror of scattered regions. On summer evenings we made a circle of these smoothly-paved streets, with a hollow exchange of Hellos from the shadows of couples slipping past us.

This morning I walked past a crumbling adobe church with empty bell tower and a For Sale sign on its peeling door. Not far away:

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We get to where we are going; then there is still the distance to cover.

I continue to walk to the plaza, where boys in cowboy hats are from New Jersey. A mariachi band blares metallic notes, sharp as the sun's eye. A blue fountain spills over its rim. "Albert Einstein had curly hair," says someone at a nearby table. "This is relative to a world creation. Aboriginal narratives affirm he was the male god local to the town of Egyptian Thebes from primitive times. He was worshipped as a sun god and a god of fertility for which purposes he was thought of as a ram who was the male procreator of the universe...As a ram-god he was normally represented in Egyptian art under the form of a man with a multitude of independent place-shaping Events. By avoiding a genesis of world-matter from a first being (or non-being), Aboriginal traditions are at liberty to attest that places are intrinsically discrete. The transformation of localised areas, on the other hand, does not threaten this principle. The world is not made, but worlds take what?," another laughs. Light and waves come to mind.

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