The Dragon and the Unicorn

(from all kings and despots freed)

Fire does not burn
when above the heat
meeting tongues
in passion meet.
The lion in its sleep subsides,
where artifice in works abides
That distant lands
together bound
with loving hands
across oceans found
such life with sharéd intimacy
strife long repelled, since infancy
So fears heraldic must decline
Bless’d spirits kindrid,
no more irate,
all things divine
do cultivate.

Dr T.P. Wilkinson writes, teaches History and English, directs theatre and coaches cricket between the cradles of Heine and Saramago. He is also the author of Church Clothes, Land, Mission and the End of Apartheid in South Africa. Read other articles by T.P..