The Donkey

When fishes flew and forests walked 
And figs grew upon thorn, 
Some moment when the moon was blood 
Then surely I was born.

With monstrous head and sickening cry
And ears like errant wings, 
The devil’s walking parody 
On all four-footed things.

The tattered outlaw of the earth,
Of ancient crooked will;
Starve, scourge, deride me: I am dumb, 
I keep my secret still.

Fools! For I also had my hour;
One far fierce hour and sweet: 
There was a shout about my ears,
And palms before my feet.

~G.K. Chesterton

No. 26 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 10. Entry into Jerusalem.
By Giotto di Bondone. Fresco, 1304-06;
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua.