Stephen Crane

(November 1, 1871 – June 5, 1900 / New Jersey)

Forth went the candid man


Forth went the candid man
And spoke freely to the wind --
When he looked about him he was in a far strange country.

Forth went the candid man
And spoke freely to the stars --
Yellow light tore sight from his eyes.

"My good fool," said a learned bystander,
"Your operations are mad."

"You are too candid," cried the candid man,
And when his stick left the head of the learned bystander
It was two sticks.

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004

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