by Jeffrey Essmann
It’s written down that Pilate was amazed When Jesus not a word in his defense Assayed against the rabid vehemence Of his accusers as they paraphrased His blasphemies; how even he’d dispraised The Emperor and given God offense By teachings freely at the Law’s expense Whose dangers could not rightly be appraised. But all was still within the Jewish king Whose kingdom clearly was not of this earth, And in his silence thought of going home. For now he knew he’d met the man whose uttering A death decree would give his kingdom birth And blessed the sorry governor from Rome.
Jeffrey Essmann is an essayist and poet living in New York. His poetry has appeared in numerous magazines and literary journals, among them Dappled Things, the St. Austin Review, The Society of Classical Poets, Amethyst Review, Agape Review, America Magazine, U.S. Catholic, Heart of Flesh Literary Journal, Edge of Faith, Pensive, and various venues of the Benedictine monastery with which he is an oblate. He is editor of the Catholic Poetry Room page on the Integrated Catholic Life website.