I Am Unicorn

All that lives of legendry,
Beauty, magic, mystery,
Gentleness and purity,
Dwells in me.

I no mate, no kin, have known;
None may claim me as his own;
One is one, and all alone,
It must be.

Through their weariness and woe
Men have sometimes seen me go,
Felt a wind from Eden blow
Suddenly:

Though they hunt with spear and horn,
Knowing life cannot be borne
If they have no unicorn-
I am free.

Though they kill, and weep to see
Beauty's symbol ended be-
One is one and lives in me
To eternity.

Nicholas Stuart Gray