Stephen Crane

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

Behold, The Grave Of A Wicked Man

Poem by Stephen Crane

Behold, the grave of a wicked man,
And near it, a stern spirit.

There came a drooping maid with violets,
But the spirit grasped her arm.
"No flowers for him," he said.
The maid wept:
"Ah, I loved him."
But the spirit, grim and frowning:
"No flowers for him."

Now, this is it --
If the spirit was just,
Why did the maid weep?


Comments about Behold, The Grave Of A Wicked Man by Stephen Crane

  • Ruta MohapatraRuta Mohapatra (10/15/2018 1:46:00 AM)

    One of the best poems on love which knows no bounds, never sits on judgement!(Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (11/1/2016 2:37:00 AM)

    Lovely poem with a captivating narrative. True love has its own way and it does not get scared of superfluous allegations or aspersions. Nicely crafted. Thanks.(Report)Reply

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  • Alexander Egbe OnojaAlexander Egbe Onoja (10/20/2015 9:27:00 AM)

    This is one of the best piece have read so far. So many people may not know why, but i get the message the writer passing, leaving the readers a question to debate on.(Report)Reply

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  • Will Barber (11/22/2006 8:45:00 PM)

    Ye who asprire to write verse - look here! Foolish words, empty gestures, cannot airbrush the true word.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004