À Mon Seul Désir: The Sixth Tapestry

        —The Lady and the Unicorn series
          fifteenth century; Cluny Museum, Paris

This lovely lady has but one desire
as she lifts a strand of jewels from its case.
What does the courtly unicorn require?

She’s soon to wed in elegant attire,
with À Mon Seul Désir on her banner’s face.
What is this lovely lady’s one desire?

Five of the lady’s tapestries inquire
about the body’s senses, grand or base,
but what does the courtly unicorn require?

Will she be burnished in her husband’s fire,
drink from his lips and thrill to his embrace,
this lovely lady filled with one desire?

Or does the Christlike animal inspire
surrender to his purity and grace?
What pledge might the courtly unicorn require?

Does she remove her necklace, to retire
it and her senses to a cloistered place?
This lovely lady has but one desire.
What does the courtly unicorn require?

First appeared in Soundings East