The Wilton Diptych

by Janet Kofi-Tsekpo

The white hart’s neck, divided
by crown and chain, merges again
with the gold sky, his head floating

above his body, the grass
near black in its midnight greenness.

The lion is fading now, his head
disappearing behind
the cracked canvas, though his tail

is strong. A deep red seeps
through the egg tempera.