Stephan Crane (1900)

on May 11 in Flotsum & Jetsam by


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.”

–Stephen Crane, from THE BLACK RIDERS AND OTHER LINES (1900)

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