Machico’s Romeo and Juliet


                      Frank Dillon, The Chapel of Miracles (watercolour, 1849)

Within the Chapel of Miracles
A Capela dos Milagres
lie the bodies of the adventurer
Robert Machim and the aristocratic
Anne d’Arfet – ill-starred lovers
from the fourteenth century

Forced to elope from Bristol
their ship was driven
by a fierce storm away
from the coast of France
only to land thirteen days later
on the island of Madeira

Within days Anne died
of exhaustion – within days
Robert followed her
to the grave

John Lyons

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