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The Green Eye Of The Little Yellow God - Poem by John Milton Hayes

There's a one-eyed yellow idol to the north of Khatmandu,
There's a little marble cross below the town;
There's a broken-hearted woman tends the grave of Mad Carew,
And the Yellow God forever gazes down.

He was known as "Mad Carew" by the subs at Khatmandu,
He was hotter than they felt inclined to tell;
But for all his foolish pranks, he was worshipped in the ranks,
And the Colonel's daughter smiled on him as well.

He had loved her all along, with a passion of the strong,
The fact that she loved him was plain to all.
She was nearly twenty-one and arrangements had begun
To celebrate her birthday with a ball.

He wrote to ask what present she would like from Mad Carew;
They met next day as he dismissed a squad;
And jestingly she told him then that nothing else would do
But the green eye of the little Yellow God.

On the night before the dance, Mad Carew seemed in a trance,
And they chaffed him as they puffed at their cigars:
But for once he failed to smile, and he sat alone awhile,
Then went out into the night beneath the stars.

He returned before the dawn, with his shirt and tunic torn,
And a gash across his temple dripping red;
He was patched up right away, and he slept through all the day,
And the Colonel's daughter watched beside his bed.

He woke at last and asked if they could send his tunic through;
She brought it, and he thanked her with a nod;
He bade her search the pocket saying "That's from Mad Carew,"
And she found the little green eye of the god.

She upbraided poor Carew in the way that women do,
Though both her eyes were strangely hot and wet;
But she wouldn't take the stone and Mad Carew was left alone
With the jewel that he'd chanced his life to get.

When the ball was at its height, on that still and tropic night,
She thought of him and hurried to his room;
As she crossed the barrack square she could hear the dreamy air
Of a waltz tune softly stealing thro' the gloom.

His door was open wide, with silver moonlight shining through;
The place was wet and slipp'ry where she trod;
An ugly knife lay buried in the heart of Mad Carew,
'Twas the "Vengeance of the Little Yellow God."

There's a one-eyed yellow idol to the north of Khatmandu,
There's a little marble cross below the town;
There's a broken-hearted woman tends the grave of Mad Carew,
And the Yellow God forever gazes down.


Comments about The Green Eye Of The Little Yellow God by John Milton Hayes

  • Veteran Poet - 1,273 Points Stephen Loomes (7/24/2013 2:04:00 AM)

    Really great exotic narrative told with a rollicking meter, a joy for the reader (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 33,620 Points Ramesh T A (7/24/2012 3:39:00 PM)

    It is so to say is an entertainment piece many may have missed it at first sight! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 324 Points Ingeborg Von Finsterwalde (7/24/2012 6:09:00 AM)

    It is always a pleasure reading the older classical poems. The moral of the story here is, be careful what you wish for, you may get it. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Green

  1. 1. The Green Eye Of The Little Yellow God , John Milton Hayes
  2. 2. The Force That Through The Green Fuse Dr.. , Dylan Thomas
  3. 3. The Echoing Green , William Blake
  4. 4. Green Mountain , Li Po
  5. 5. Green Chile , Jimmy Santiago Baca
  6. 6. Being Young And Green , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  7. 7. Miss Lloyd Has Now Went To Miss Green , Jane Austen
  8. 8. My Sage Green Robe , Ernestine Northover
  9. 9. Green Grow The Rashes , Robert Burns
  10. 10. Camps Of Green , Walt Whitman
  11. 11. Green Fields , William Stanley Merwin
  12. 12. Men In Green , David Campbell
  13. 13. The Village Green , Jane Taylor
  14. 14. Green Groweth The Holly , Henry VIII, King of England
  15. 15. There Is A Green Hill , Cecil Frances Alexander
  16. 16. Meet Me In The Green Glen , John Clare
  17. 17. As Through The Wild Green Hills Of Wyre , Alfred Edward Housman
  18. 18. Now Spring Has Clad The Grove In Green , Robert Burns
  19. 19. The Gardener Lxxxiv: Over The Green , Rabindranath Tagore
  20. 20. Green Groweth The Holly , Henry VIII Tudor
  21. 21. Form The Green Helmet And Other Poems , William Butler Yeats
  22. 22. A Green Crab's Shell , Mark Doty
  23. 23. Green: The Color... [green Things] , Bri Edwards
  24. 24. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! * Green Of Wild*! ! .. , Dr subhendu kar
  25. 25. Ami Green , Edgar Lee Masters
  26. 26. Sad Green Eyes , Linda Ori
  27. 27. The Green Linnet , William Wordsworth
  28. 28. Small Is The Trust When Love Is Green , Robert Louis Stevenson
  29. 29. The Green Bowl , Amy Lowell
  30. 30. Green Thumb , Philip Levine
  31. 31. In The Green And Gallant Spring , Robert Louis Stevenson
  32. 32. X Celestial Blue And Green Of Grass , ONElia AVElar
  33. 33. Green , David Herbert Lawrence
  34. 34. The Green River , Lord Alfred Douglas
  35. 35. Lines Written At Thorp Green , Anne Brontë
  36. 36. .where The Blue Kisses Green , Linda Moore
  37. 37. The Green Willow Tree , Scarlett Treat
  38. 38. Set Me Whereas The Sun Doth Parch The Gr.. , Henry Howard
  39. 39. There’s A Bright Patch Of Green , LLM Mbatha
  40. 40. Blue Wall / Green Wall , Risha Ahmed (12 yrs)
  41. 41. In The Shade Of The Green Wood , ANDREW BLAKEMORE
  42. 42. A Jingle By The Green , Dr subhendu kar
  43. 43. Thomson Green And Harriet Hale , William Schwenck Gilbert
  44. 44. Good Poet Bad Poet-Most Of Us Are Green .. , Adryan Rotica
  45. 45. Who Goes Amid The Green Wood , James Joyce
  46. 46. Green Onion Shampoo , ToddMichael St. Pierre
  47. 47. ! ! ! The Glow Of The Green! ! ! , Dr subhendu kar
  48. 48. (for Dónall) Green Fingers , Janice Windle
  49. 49. Sonnet Ix: Ye, Who In Alleys Green , Mary Darby Robinson
  50. 50. Green Leaves And Sere , Mathilde Blind
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