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-Jesus- A Portrait-


   That curious Roman official

   named "Lentulus" with foresight recorded

   his description of a Man controversial.

   And His name too, for prosperity accorded

   That Man who the Roman so aspired

   was named Jesus, that Man of Awe,

   And Lentulus was one of few who desired

   that Man Jesus to portray and hence to annals store.

   So wont was Lentulus to see and hear

   what that Man Jesus preached and said,

   That he followed Him for a while, everywhere,

   So that the verity of his narration could by all be read,

   Then went on to relate what he saw,

   A Man of serene composture who courtly stood

   and how His prescence the crowds would draw

   and hungered the more on the words that inspired good.

   Of average height, just on fifteen and a half fists tall

   His nut-brown hair smoothed down at the side

   forming soft flowing curls, that did fall

   to below His shoulders with luxuriant pride,

   His beard boasted long and full, the same colour of His hair,

   Both His hair and beard neatly parted the middle down,

   As with the way that all of Nazarines share,

   And on a reddish face not a wrinkle, spot or frown.

   His eyes wide set with an unusual capacity for expression

   coloured blue-grey, exuding a sadness from within,

   Yet cheerful of countenance with seriousness held in remission,

   Sometimes seen to weep, not ever to laugh or sing,

   Though His feet were bare, He stood regally composed

   He lived in troubled times with  much woe abound,

   For there were those around, who would oppose

   Him for the freedom and peace His voice did sound.

   Now through what Lentulus and others alike, did relay,

   Artists and painters centuries ago, with care

   did Jesus to canvas, with dilligence portray,

   And His likeness to the world's peoples share,

   So that His teachings now so revered

   became all the more potent with vision aglared,

   For His words of enlightenment can so astound,

   But just in His Prescence alone can the Spirit abound.


Copyright © Christopher Stopford

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  1. Date: 3/6/2013 11:36:00 AM
    The Man Himself.. Jesus Christ. WOW... I am so looking forward to meeting Him one day. With this prose, you have captured the essence of His nature. Can you even imagine being so humble, forgiving, compassionate and loving, and at the same time being ALL powerful !

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    Date: 3/22/2013 3:42:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Dear Dear Kim, Once again You have perceptively captured my intent.
  1. Date: 2/27/2013 12:44:00 PM
    Thank-You Dear Annalise,You are truly in my mind an exceptional Poetess and I am honoured that you took the time to read my work," Lentulus" was a Roman Official as was Saul (Paul), I know of one other Historian that noted the appearance of GESU there is no "J" in Latin or Aramaic in that era

  1. Date: 2/26/2013 11:38:00 AM
    !!!You have created an exceptional poem not only based on historical fact (though doubt existed), but on a faith,thanks be to God. Thank you for reading one of mine and the kind comment, Christopher. Love, Annalise