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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 - 483 Points Gerry Freeman (11/27/2016 3:53:00 PM)

    Any writer in any genre would be proud to write such a memorable piece. So atmospheric and descriptive in the absolute minimum of words. We don't know what happened up in the temple or who really killed Mad Carew and we never shall. That is why we remain fascinated after all these years. (Report) Reply

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  • Veteran Poet - 1,761 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

  • Gold Star - 44,537 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

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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. Green Chile , Jimmy Santiago Baca
  4. 4. Being Young And Green , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  5. 5. Green Mountain , Li Po
  6. 6. The Echoing Green , William Blake
  7. 7. Green Grow The Rashes , Robert Burns
  8. 8. There Is A Green Hill , Cecil Frances Alexander
  9. 9. Miss Lloyd Has Now Went To Miss Green , Jane Austen
  10. 10. My Sage Green Robe , Ernestine Northover
  11. 11. Camps Of Green , Walt Whitman
  12. 12. Meet Me In The Green Glen , John Clare
  13. 13. Green Groweth The Holly , Henry VIII, King of England
  14. 14. Men In Green , David Campbell
  15. 15. The Village Green , Jane Taylor
  16. 16. A Green Crab's Shell , Mark Doty
  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. Green: The Color... [green Things] , Bri Edwards
  20. 20. The Gardener Lxxxiv: Over The Green , Rabindranath Tagore
  21. 21. Green Groweth The Holly , Henry VIII Tudor
  22. 22. Green Fields , William Stanley Merwin
  23. 23. Form The Green Helmet And Other Poems , William Butler Yeats
  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. Green , David Herbert Lawrence
  32. 32. In The Green And Gallant Spring , Robert Louis Stevenson
  33. 33. The Green River , Lord Alfred Douglas
  34. 34. Lines Written At Thorp Green , Anne Brontë
  35. 35. .where The Blue Kisses Green , Linda Moore
  36. 36. X Celestial Blue And Green Of Grass , ONElia AVElar
  37. 37. The Green Willow Tree , Scarlett Treat
  38. 38. (for Dónall) Green Fingers , Janice Windle
  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. The Color Of The Grave Is Green , Emily Dickinson
  47. 47. Green Onion Shampoo , ToddMichael St. Pierre
  48. 48. ! ! ! The Glow Of The Green! ! ! , Dr subhendu kar
  49. 49. Set Me Whereas The Sun Doth Parch The Gr.. , Henry Howard
  50. 50. Sonnet Ix: Ye, Who In Alleys Green , Mary Darby Robinson
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