In the Desert – 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.”

Stephen Crane, 1895

16 thoughts on “In the Desert – Stephen Crane

  1. Haven’t read this one in a number of years – the phrasing and the implications of the words make me feel like an insignificant little poet and inspire me to be more, all at the same time. Glad you shared it!

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  2. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as a bitter heart; especially if it’s your own, and you’ve earned every bit of that bitterness. Nom nom!

    I’ve never read this poem before. Thanks for sharing all that bitter goodness 🙂

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      1. I enjoy your style! I can see why Crow roosts here from time to time.

        I have another blog, Slasher Monster Magazine (, and Matt and I are asking guest hosts to help lead something like you do with your challenges. The only difference is that our SMM posts are sponsored by artists who kindly donate their art pieces for free giveaways. We’re asking guest hosts to create a challenge, if you will, that corresponds to the giveaway prize. I’m going to ask Charles, as well, to guest host since he’s contributed his poems to SMM a few times.

        I don’t mean to ramble on, but if you’re interested, please email us at

        Thanks for your consideration,


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