Thursday, February 14, 2008

I like it because it is bitter, and because it is my heart.

From "The Black Riders and Other Lines" 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."

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1 Comments:

At 8:48 AM, February 14, 2008, Anonymous paikj said...

Oh my goodness! I love this poem! I recited it in college to much acclaim (well, not exactly acclaim)--there was something about it that really struck me then and though I don't have it memorized, the image has always stayed with me.

 

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