The Green Eye of the Little Yellow God, J. Milton Hayes

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The Green Eye of the Little Yellow God, J. Milton Hayes

Postby Tomsk » 03 Sep 2013, 22:45

The Green Eye of the Little Yellow God, J. Milton Hayes


There's a one-eyed yellow idol to the north of Khatmandu,
There's a little marble cross below the town;
There's a broken-hearted woman tends the grave of Mad Carew,
And the Yellow God forever gazes down.

He was known as "Mad Carew" by the subs at Khatmandu,
He was hotter than they felt inclined to tell;
But for all his foolish pranks, he was worshipped in the ranks,
And the Colonel's daughter smiled on him as well.

He had loved her all along, with a passion of the strong,
The fact that she loved him was plain to all.
She was nearly twenty-one and arrangements had begun
To celebrate her birthday with a ball.

He wrote to ask what present she would like from Mad Carew;
They met next day as he dismissed a squad;
And jestingly she told him then that nothing else would do
But the green eye of the little Yellow God.

On the night before the dance, Mad Carew seemed in a trance,
And they chaffed him as they puffed at their cigars:
But for once he failed to smile, and he sat alone awhile,
Then went out into the night beneath the stars.

He returned before the dawn, with his shirt and tunic torn,
And a gash across his temple dripping red;
He was patched up right away, and he slept through all the day,
And the Colonel's daughter watched beside his bed.

He woke at last and asked if they could send his tunic through;
She brought it, and he thanked her with a nod;
He bade her search the pocket saying "That's from Mad Carew,"
And she found the little green eye of the god.

She upbraided poor Carew in the way that women do,
Though both her eyes were strangely hot and wet;
But she wouldn't take the stone and Mad Carew was left alone
With the jewel that he'd chanced his life to get.

When the ball was at its height, on that still and tropic night,
She thought of him and hurried to his room;
As she crossed the barrack square she could hear the dreamy air
Of a waltz tune softly stealing thro' the gloom.

His door was open wide, with silver moonlight shining through;
The place was wet and slipp'ry where she trod;
An ugly knife lay buried in the heart of Mad Carew,
'Twas the "Vengeance of the Little Yellow God."

There's a one-eyed yellow idol to the north of Khatmandu,
There's a little marble cross below the town;
There's a broken-hearted woman tends the grave of Mad Carew,
And the Yellow God forever gazes down.
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Re: The Green Eye of the Little Yellow God, J. Milton Hayes

Postby Paris » 04 Sep 2013, 03:45

This is good! Thanks for posting it!
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Re: The Green Eye of the Little Yellow God, J. Milton Hayes

Postby Ice.Maiden » 04 Sep 2013, 04:52

Excellent! I hadn't heard that in ages.
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Re: The Green Eye of the Little Yellow God, J. Milton Hayes

Postby Tomsk » 04 Sep 2013, 11:18

Hi Paris, Icey,
First time I heard it properly...
I have a love/hate thing with poetry..
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Re: The Green Eye of the Little Yellow God, J. Milton Hayes

Postby Ice.Maiden » 04 Sep 2013, 13:42

I can remember my grandma reciting it, but'd forgotten all but odd lines. Great, Tomsk.
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Re: The Green Eye of the Little Yellow God, J. Milton Hayes

Postby Paris » 04 Sep 2013, 16:44

I'm with you, Tomsk!

And keep Shakespeare away from me!
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Re: The Green Eye of the Little Yellow God, J. Milton Hayes

Postby Tomsk » 04 Sep 2013, 16:56

The quality of mercy is strained....!
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Re: The Green Eye of the Little Yellow God, J. Milton Hayes

Postby Tomsk » 04 Sep 2013, 16:56

Shakespeare I find baffling.!
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Re: The Green Eye of the Little Yellow God, J. Milton Hayes

Postby Ice.Maiden » 04 Sep 2013, 19:02

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet."
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Re: The Green Eye of the Little Yellow God, J. Milton Hayes

Postby Tomsk » 05 Sep 2013, 18:34

very nice mate!
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Re: The Green Eye of the Little Yellow God, J. Milton Hayes

Postby Ice.Maiden » 06 Sep 2013, 18:05

Glad I didn't write it though .... : )
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Re: The Green Eye of the Little Yellow God, J. Milton Hayes

Postby Tomsk » 08 Sep 2013, 17:58

why???
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Re: The Green Eye of the Little Yellow God, J. Milton Hayes

Postby Ice.Maiden » 08 Sep 2013, 20:29

Oh pants! Would anyone write like that nowadays???
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Re: The Green Eye of the Little Yellow God, J. Milton Hayes

Postby Tomsk » 08 Sep 2013, 20:31

sure..
he's considered a genius...
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Re: The Green Eye of the Little Yellow God, J. Milton Hayes

Postby Ice.Maiden » 08 Sep 2013, 20:48

He was ... for his time.
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Re: The Green Eye of the Little Yellow God, J. Milton Hayes

Postby Tomsk » 08 Sep 2013, 21:59

still is , but he disappears up his own jacksy..
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Re: The Green Eye of the Little Yellow God, J. Milton Hayes

Postby Ice.Maiden » 09 Sep 2013, 15:07

I don't see him like that, but what he conveyed was written in old English and he alluded to things in a long and rambling manner sometimes. Some of the speeches in his plays are very long-winded, and that's why anyone who hails from the Royal Shakespeare Company's classed as a properly-trained and admired actor. You have to have a good memory to remember some of those monologue-type pieces, and actors have to throw their voices and use word emphasis to turn a piece like that into something which doesn't bore the audience. Classical training like that churns out some excellent actors, like Glenda Jackson, Michael Redgrave, Joss Ackland, Alan Bates, Sean Bean, Richard Burton, Kenneth Branagh, Judy Dench, Brian Blessed, Diana Rigg, Daniel Day Lewis .... the list of greats goes on.
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