by David Blalock
Great Unicorn with head held low,
Still damning its own power,
In self-defense, its horn aglow,
Will trod a newborn flower.
Magnificent in stance and flight,
Ferocious when aroused,
Will not deny or shun the sight
Of soul in lusting doused.
Without control of leash or rein,
A juggernaut of raw life;
And only through great effort sane
Enough to see the gilt knife
Whose edge it trods with every breath
Meaning ego's life or death.
© 1998 David Blalock
I have written a series of poems around the Arabic image of the
unicorn: winged and black. It represents the baser instincts in man in
a way that is not conveyed by the more western unicorn. Although
westerners allow that the nature of the beast can only be tamed by the
innocence of a virgin, they do not address the why
of that assertion. I
have tried to capture that reason in these poems.
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