‘On Leighton’s Procession’ by Evan Mantyk The Society November 12, 2013 Art, Beauty, Poetry 1 Comment A godly painting held over their heads As they process through a street in Florence, Each face is free from manic glee or dread And transcends with a tranquil tolerance; They are transformed by the art’s deep meaning, The ideals that they uphold in their lives Of what is proper and what is demeaning; Are those mere humans or gods who walk by? The cloud’s shape mimics the foreground’s alignment, Forming a passageway from ground to sky That leads out of our human confinement Beyond a life bound to be sick and die. But, none truly traveled it, none were gods, It is we who must this new way now trod. Evan Mantyk is a poet and English teacher living in New York. Featured Image: “Cimabue’s Celebrated Madonna is carried in Procession through the Streets of Florence” by Sir Frederic Leighton NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. NOTE TO POETS: 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 email@example.com. 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. CODEC News: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 Beau Ecs Wilder November 13, 2013 In Leighton’s Painting “The cloud’s shape mimics the foreground’s alignment…” —Evan Mantyk In Leighton’s painting, Cimabue’s Madonna ‘s at a slant and carried through the streets of Florence, Italy. Before it, Cimabue, in white, and elegant, walks with his pupil, Giotto, young, triumphantly. Behind are other painters and Charles of Anjou on horse. Clad, at the corner, in gray, Dante leans and views the vibrant hues, the elongated crew, the clear, distinct, clean lines, the intricate design, the distant trees, the tall gray wall, and flowers strewn. It is a beautiful example of divine and human mingling, th’ ordinary and regnant, the present and the past, the ideal and the fine. 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. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.