by Eugene Lee-Hamilton
The cowardice of man who dares not do!—
For sixteen centuries since Jesus died
On Golgotha, we paint Him from dolls tied
On crosses, or from corpses stark and blue.
Has any painter ever dared to screw
A living model to the Cross, or tried
To seize the wriggles of the Crucified—
The twitches of the living hands nailed through?
O Christ, my Christ, Thou shalt be painted yet
In all Thy torture; and at last men's eyes
Shall see Thy cracking limbs, Thy crimson sweat!
I've trapped a Jew in cellars whence can rise
No yells. I'll work at leisure; and we'll set
The finished picture in St Barnaby's.
Last updated January 14, 2019