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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 - 46,585 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 Yellow

  1. 1. The Green Eye Of The Little Yellow God , John Milton Hayes
  2. 2. Haiku (The Low Yellow...) , Jack Kerouac
  3. 3. Theme In Yellow , Carl Sandburg
  4. 4. Symphony In Yellow , Oscar Wilde
  5. 5. The Yellow Violet , William Cullen Bryant
  6. 6. Listening To A Flute In Yellow Crane Pav.. , Li Po
  7. 7. Little Yellow Flowers , Valerie Dohren
  8. 8. ' ' ' ' ' 'The Yellow Room - Inside The .. , Dónall Dempsey
  9. 9. ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' .. , Dónall Dempsey
  10. 10. The King Of Yellow Butterflies , Vachel Lindsay
  11. 11. Yellow , Robert William Service
  12. 12. A Yellow Rose , Madison Julius Cawein
  13. 13. Nature Rarer Uses Yellow , Emily Dickinson
  14. 14. Yellow Hammock , Lonnie Hicks
  15. 15. Modern Love Xi: Out In The Yellow Meadows , George Meredith
  16. 16. Yellow November , Marieta Maglas
  17. 17. Yellow , Philippa Lane
  18. 18. Yellow (Colour Poem) , .Pd. is here
  19. 19. Yellow Clover , Katharine Lee Bates
  20. 20. The Yellow-Covered Almanac , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  21. 21. Breathing Place (Yellow Moon) , >Starr Williams<
  22. 22. The Great Yellow River Inundation In China , William Topaz McGonagall
  23. 23. Yellow! Yellow! , George Ade
  24. 24. You And Yellow Air , John Shaw Neilson
  25. 25. Yellow Warblers , Katharine Lee Bates
  26. 26. Yellow Bird , Vijay Sai
  27. 27. Yellow Desire , Ashraful Musaddeq
  28. 28. To Interrupt His Yellow Plan , Emily Dickinson
  29. 29. After Kandinsky: Yellow, Red, Blue (1925) , Katherine Gallagher
  30. 30. These Green-Going-To-Yellow , Marvin Bell
  31. 31. Yellow Brick Road Entrance , s./j. goldner
  32. 32. Yellow Feeling , Chris G. Vaillancourt
  33. 33. Yellow Iris , Sally Plumb Plumb
  34. 34. Yellow Glove , Naomi Shihab Nye
  35. 35. Yellow Crane Tower , Cui Hao
  36. 36. Yellow Eyes , Juan Olivarez
  37. 37. Entering Yellow Stream And Hearing An Ape , Liu Zongyuan
  38. 38. The Yellow Rose , George Sterling
  39. 39. Lone Yellow Flower Waves In The Open Fie.. , Raj Arumugam
  40. 40. Yellow Sunshine , Chris G. Vaillancourt
  41. 41. Yellow Star , Vijay Sai
  42. 42. The Yellow Scooter , Robert Charles Howard
  43. 43. Yellow Badge Of Courage , Noel Horlanda
  44. 44. Yellow Submarine , Peter Vector
  45. 45. Turn Me To My Yellow Leaves , William Stanley Braithwaite
  46. 46. Blue And Yellow! , Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi
  47. 47. Yellow Birds , Uriah Hamilton
  48. 48. The Yellow Gas , Christopher John Brennan
  49. 49. The Yellow Mustard Is Blooming , Amir Khusro
  50. 50. Yellow Rose , Jay P Narain
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