In the Desert

Gerald Brennan—composer, pianist, singer
Stephen Crane—lyricist

I find setting poets to be a challenge. I have so far had good luck with Stephen Crane. What imagery!
Speaks for itself.

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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