‘Portrait of a God’ by Evan Mantyk The Society June 21, 2013 Beauty, Poetry 1 Comment God of men who’s dressed in white, Beard on face of long brown hair, Halo pattern traced in light, Nimbus flowing through the air. Glowing skin with mercy shines, Ancient toga wraps His frame, Fabric rich and much more fine, Than what mortals give a name. Eyes of keenest vision sit; Each a crystal ball that holds Any deed that we commit, Whether it be base or bold. Hands and arms that move in sync, Like the Milky Way they flow, Steering hidden wheels that link Weather, wellness, wars, and woe. Giant scroll in hand, He swoops, Down to where His people are, Like a king to battling troops Speaking hope in lands afar. Words on whispers wafting through Some can hear but others can’t “Just the wind, it’s nothing new.” (Blindly grope an elephant.) Others hear the words resound Holy message from the past Shaping future, they confound: “Virtue, virtue, to the last!” Evan Mantyk is a poet and English teacher living in New York. Featured Image: The Statue of Socrates at the Academy of Athens. Work of Leonidas Drosis (d. 1880) NOTE: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) One Response Bruce Dale Wise August 6, 2013 The Dresden Zeus The Dresden Zeus is a free-standing statue that has been restored from copies. Over life-size height, draped in himation; the stance is clean and pat— no fat.It shows his awesome presence and his might. He leans upon his left leg’s strength; his left arm’s bent; his left fist rests upon left thigh, herm shaft in right. The style is high classical, attributed to the workshop of Pheidias. Th’ original’s been lost. Depicted is a bearded, heaven-sent, composed man-god of th’ Ancient World—not digital or analog—who seems to know where he is at. His hair is parted and his face is vigilant. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.