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Closing Verses II

The Heart

 

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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Taken on February 11, 2009