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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

  • Rookie - 139 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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  • Freshman - 878 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 - 21 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 Yellow

  1. 1. The Green Eye Of The Little Yellow God , John Milton Hayes
  2. 2. Autumn Movement , Carl Sandburg
  3. 3. Counting-Out Rhyme , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  4. 4. In Back Of The Real , Allen Ginsberg
  5. 5. Out Of The Cradle Endlessly Rocking , Walt Whitman
  6. 6. Love Song , William Carlos Williams
  7. 7. Colors Passing Through Us , Marge Piercy
  8. 8. For Anne Gregory , William Butler Yeats
  9. 9. The Falling Of The Leaves , William Butler Yeats
  10. 10. Symphony In Yellow , Oscar Wilde
  11. 11. Primrose , William Carlos Williams
  12. 12. Hiawatha's Sailing , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  13. 13. Charmides , Oscar Wilde
  14. 14. The Drunken Boat , Arthur Rimbaud
  15. 15. Gioconda And Si-Ya-U , Nazim Hikmet
  16. 16. Crucible , Carl Sandburg
  17. 17. Buttons , Carl Sandburg
  18. 18. Hiawatha's Fasting , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  19. 19. Sea-Shore Memories , Walt Whitman
  20. 20. We Lying By Seasand , Dylan Thomas
  21. 21. Autumn , Amy Lowell
  22. 22. Ballad Of Another Ophelia , David Herbert Lawrence
  23. 23. Little Yellow Flowers , Valerie Dohren
  24. 24. The Guardian Angel Of The Little Utopia , Jorie Graham
  25. 25. A Calendar Of Sonnets: September , Helen Hunt Jackson
  26. 26. An Autumn Crown , Seema Chowdhury
  27. 27. Love In The Valley , George Meredith
  28. 28. Basket Dance , Amy Lowell
  29. 29. ' ' ' ' ' 'The Yellow Room - Inside The .. , Dónall Dempsey
  30. 30. The Dawn Dance , Clarence Michael James Stani ..
  31. 31. ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' Bang...Bang...Ba.. , Dónall Dempsey
  32. 32. Autumn Swing , Unwritten Soul
  33. 33. The Day Is Done , Valerie Dohren
  34. 34. - - - Yell - O! (Ghazal) , Ben Gieske
  35. 35. The House Of Dust: Complete , Conrad Potter Aiken
  36. 36. ! ! Real Life Is Free , Bob Blackwell
  37. 37. A Golden Memory , Terence George Craddock (Spe ..
  38. 38. A Roxbury Garden , Amy Lowell
  39. 39. 1777 , Amy Lowell
  40. 40. Thurso’s Landing , Robinson Jeffers
  41. 41. Autumn's Gold , George MacDonald
  42. 42. Spring Day , Amy Lowell
  43. 43. Yellow (Colour Poem) , .Pd. is here
  44. 44. The Cross-Roads , Amy Lowell
  45. 45. Villanelle At Sundown , Donald Justice
  46. 46. Yellow , Philippa Lane
  47. 47. The Four Seasons : Spring , James Thomson
  48. 48. The Sing-Song Of Old Man Kangaroo , Rudyard Kipling
  49. 49. Breathing Place (Yellow Moon) , >Starr Williams<
  50. 50. Stanzas In Meditation: Stanza Xiii , Gertrude Stein
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