Stephen Crane

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

In The Desert - Poem by Stephen Crane

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."


Comments about In The Desert by Stephen Crane

  • (1/3/2018 5:17:00 PM)

    The poem clutches, and chills my nerves! (Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish Manga (11/1/2016 2:25:00 AM)

    Though, very unlikely, I like the theme and the narrative that brings to fore the enigma of human nature. Thanks. (Report)Reply

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  • (3/27/2015 4:45:00 PM)

    This poem is my all-time favorite (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



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