In The Desert

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

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