Friday, July 31, 2009

"In the desert" from The Black Riders by Stephen Crane (1871-1900)

I have been thinking about those lines for a while now. Thought I would share it here with you all

"In the desert" from The Black Riders by Stephen Crane (1871-1900)

In the desert
I saw a creature, naked, bestial,
Who, squatting upon the ground,
Held his heart in his hands,
And ate of it.
I said: “Is it good, friend,”
“It is bitter—bitter,” he answered;
“But I like it
Because it is bitter,
And because it is my heart.”

6 comments:

Lorraine said...

mmm 1871....wherever did you find this

Tarun Mitra said...

Beautiful...."But I like it Because it is bitter, and because it is my heart."

Beautiful

Missy said...

This is great! I can't think of a better piece of imagery with words.

Deborah Godin said...

A wonderful bit of art/poetry to contemplate. Thanks!

sage said...

Okay, now I will ponder these words! Wow, what an image.

Michelle Johnson said...

Better to take your own heart captive and eat it if necessary than to let others rip it from your body first. Protection is the word that comes to mind. Great words to contemplate.