The Unicorn

the unicorn is a strange beast
a legendary creature of evil beauty
created by fervid dreams of cenobites
recording and embellishing what was already rumour

Chinese temple dogs and manticores
mermaids trolls and dwarves
these are all things which share the
addition of  an extra layer to bald fact

the chimera, scylla and charybdis,
hieroglypic hierophants all a damoclean sword
as our metaphors carry us away
the truth seems ugly and bland

for we need our dreams and symbols
but also to remember, when
a cigar is just a cigar
and a unicorn, a rhinoceros

– Anton Ansford

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