Alone – Ambrose Bierce

In contact, lo! the flint and steel, By sharp and flame, the thought reveal That he the metal, she the stone, Had …

L’audace By Ambrose Bierce

L’Audace Daughter of God! Audacity divine Of clowns the terror and of brains the sign Not thou the inspirer of the rushing …

Francine By Ambrose Bierce

Francine Did I believe the angels soon would call You, my beloved, to the other shore, And I should never see you …

Convalescent By Ambrose Bierce

Convalescent What! ‘Out of danger?’ Can the slighted Dame Or canting Pharisee no more defame? Will Treachery caress my hand no more, …

One Judge By Ambrose Bierce

One Judge Wallace, created on a noble plan To show us that a Judge can be a Man; Through moral mire exhaling …

California By Ambrose Bierce

California Why should he not have been allowed To thread with peaceful feet the crowd Which filled that Christian street? The Decalogue …

An Example By Ambrose Bierce

An Example They were two deaf mutes, and they loved and they Resolved to be groom and bride; And they listened to …

Two Statesmen By Ambrose Bierce

Two Statesmen In that fair city by the inland sea, Where Blaine unhived his Presidential bee, Frank Pixley’s meeting with George Gorham …

Mendax By Ambrose Bierce

Mendax High Lord of Liars, Pickering, to thee Let meaner mortals bend the subject knee! Thine is mendacity’s imperial crown, Alike by …

Discretion By Ambrose Bierce

Discretion SHE: I’m told that men have sometimes got Too confidential, and Have said to one another what They-well, you understand. I …

Azrael By Ambrose Bierce

Azrael The moon in the field of the keel-plowed main Was watching the growing tide: A luminous peasant was driving his wain, …

Ad Moodium By Ambrose Bierce

Ad Moodium Tut! Moody, do not try to show To gentlemen and ladies That if they have not ‘Faith,’ they’ll go Headlong …

Yorick By Ambrose Bierce

Yorick Hard by an excavated street one sat In solitary session on the sand; And ever and anon he spake and spat …

Justice By Ambrose Bierce

Justice Jack Doe met Dick Roe, whose wife he loved, And said: ‘I will get the best of him.’ So pulling a …

Four Of A Kind By Ambrose Bierce

Four Of A Kind ROBERT F. MORROW Dear man! although a stranger and a foe To soft affection’s humanizing glow; Although untaught …

Invocation By Ambrose Bierce

Invocation Goddess of Liberty! O thou Whose tearless eyes behold the chain, And look unmoved upon the slain, Eternal peace upon thy …

Cain By Ambrose Bierce

Cain Lord, shed thy light upon his desert path, And gild his branded brow, that no man spill His forfeit life to …

An Imposter By Ambrose Bierce

An Imposter Must you, Carnegie, evermore explain Your worth, and all the reasons give again Why black and red are similarly white, …

A Retort By Ambrose Bierce

A Retort As vicious women think all men are knaves, And shrew-bound gentlemen discourse of slaves; As reeling drunkards judge the world …

A Challenge By Ambrose Bierce

A Challenge A bull imprisoned in a stall Broke boldly the confining wall, And found himself, when out of bounds, Within a …

Two Rogues By Ambrose Bierce

Two Rogues Dim, grim, and silent as a ghost, The sentry occupied his post, To all the stirrings of the night Alert …

The Humorist By Ambrose Bierce

The Humorist ‘What is that, mother?’ ‘The funny man, child. His hands are black, but his heart is mild.’ ‘May I touch …

Judgment By Ambrose Bierce

Judgment I drew aside the Future’s veil And saw upon his bier The poet Whitman. Loud the wail And damp the falling …

France By Ambrose Bierce

France Unhappy State! with horrors still to strive: Thy Hugo dead, thy Boulanger alive; A Prince who’d govern where he dares not …

Contentment By Ambrose Bierce

Contentment Sleep fell upon my senses and I dreamed Long years had circled since my life had fled. The world was different, …

Another Plan By Ambrose Bierce

Another Plan Editor Owen, of San Jose, Commonly known as ‘our friend J.J.’ Weary of scribbling for daily bread, Weary of writing …

Weather By Ambrose Bierce

Weather Once I dipt into the future far as human eye could see, And I saw the Chief Forecaster, dead as any …