Ecce Homo "Behold the Man" by Antonio Ciseri (oil on canvas)
poetry

Ecce Homo

The crowd stood in crowded masses.
The crowd crowned their rebel din.
Then the diadem informed them,
“Behold the man.”1

The crowd, every one of them,
demanded relief from the mirror
held to them.

“Throw this one in the drink.
Don’t drink his poison pen.
Go ahead and keep your diadem.
We have no use for other kings:
Kings of heaven and lofty things.
Things of earth hold all our dreams.”

So the little crown
bowed to the noisome crowd
and laid thorny crown
upon a silent brow.

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Image: Ecce Homo “Behold the Man” by Antonio Ciseri (Swiss Italian painter and university professor 1821-1891) oil on canvas, between circa 1860 and circa 1880. Public domain.

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