Agatha Eliza Laposi


Dorian Gray

Poem by Agatha Eliza Laposi

He had everything immortalized in a portrait;
angelic face, and golden hair, deep eyes
a gorgeous smile, but a heart that cries-
all he could trade for a moment of rapture.

This young man craved for everlasting beauty
so time not to mark his flawless skin,
while contemplating cruel vice and sin-
but all his nights became sleepless and empty.

When life was burning on the ascension pyre
embracing dark misery, neglecting mercy
charmed by poisoned arrows of fatality,
realised what he treasured turned to misfire.

Conscience prevented him from finding solace
whilst sins stained his precious portrait,
An obsessive wicked sneer he couldn't erase
of a cynical creature piercing time and space.

Mirror of your soul, this portrait was given,
to release the burden of him getting old,
instead, it caught the reflection of soul-
like quivering glimpses of a man unforgiven.

Yet, in life everything comes up with a price;
and downfalls succed the glorious rise,
of all young men unaware of their demise-
At the table of destiny, they roll another dice.


Comments about Dorian Gray by Agatha Eliza Laposi

  • Queeny GonaQueeny Gona (12/26/2016 9:48:00 AM)

    Dear Agatha, I am astound at your epertise in writing this philosophical theme. Congratulations for having poem selected as poem poem of the Day in Poem Hunter.(Report)Reply

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  • Akhtar JawadAkhtar Jawad (5/27/2016 11:03:00 PM)

    Yet, in life everything comes up with a price;
    and downfalls succed the glorious rise,
    of all young men unaware of their demise-
    At the table of destiny, they roll another dice.
    A wonderful poem, well penned and nicely presented.(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (5/27/2016 10:44:00 PM)

    Heartiest Congratulations for versifying the story of Dorian Gray in a superb manner as also on it's selection as the member Poem of the Day.(Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (5/27/2016 10:29:00 PM)

    The poem presents a very sound commentary and a philosophy of life. Loved reading it. Thanks.
    Yet, in life everything comes up with a price;
    and downfalls succed the glorious rise,(Report)Reply

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  • James MclainJames Mclain (5/27/2016 6:52:00 PM)

    To gain
    experience in love
    they give
    their lives to know.. iip(Report)Reply

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  • Paul AmrodPaul Amrod (5/27/2016 5:55:00 PM)

    Hi Agatha A beautiful understanding of the Potrait of Dorian Gray. I wanted to let you know I was as well flabbergasted from this theme. You can visit my poetry and read my Pictures of Dorian Gray I think you would enjoy my approach to the theme as well, Great writing, thanks for sharing, Paul(Report)Reply

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  • Kay Staley (5/27/2016 3:55:00 PM)

    This could be used as a poetic summary of The Picture of Dorian Gray. A nice tribute to Oscar Wilde himself. A great psychological novel that continues into the ages. While I do not like the way this poem flows, the author did a great job capturing the character of Dorian Gray. An interesting, thought provoking read.(Report)Reply

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  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (5/27/2016 2:04:00 PM)

    Nice poem, I liked it, thanks for sharing...Such a wonderful and inspiring ending
    Yet, in life everything comes up with a price;
    and downfalls succeed the glorious rise,
    of all young men unaware of their demise-
    At the table of destiny, they roll another dice.(Report)Reply

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  • Jayatissa K. LiyanageJayatissa K. Liyanage (5/27/2016 10:22:00 AM)

    When a portrait gets it's place among artifacts, generation after generation will read all stories linked to it. How a poet portraits the whole story in a poem is another story. A valiant effort by Agatha. Congratulations on your achievement. X(Report)Reply

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  • Unnikrishnan E S (5/27/2016 9:49:00 AM)

    Hi Agatha,
    Very good poetry. Enjoyed reading.
    It caught the reflection of a soul/like quivering glimpses of a man unforgiven.
    Your lines touch the soul of the reader. Unseen hitherto. Congrats. Keep writing and posting. Thank you for sharing such nice piece of work.(Report)Reply

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  • Pamela SinicropePamela Sinicrope (5/27/2016 8:16:00 AM)

    I enjoyed this poem. Well done and nice flow of words and perspective on the story. I especially liked the second to last stanza. Congratulations!(Report)Reply

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  • Clarence PrinceClarence Prince (5/27/2016 8:10:00 AM)

    A nice piece of work, Agatha! Well done! ! !(Report)Reply

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  • Barry MiddletonBarry Middleton (5/27/2016 6:53:00 AM)

    Great poetry. But there is a typo. and downfalls succed the glorious rise, should be succeed.(Report)Reply

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  • Nosheen IrfanNosheen Irfan (5/27/2016 3:16:00 AM)

    A wonderful write. Since I have read the book, I can judge how beautifully you have captured its essence in this well-crafted piece. Congrats.(Report)Reply

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  • Kelly KurtKelly Kurt (5/27/2016 2:21:00 AM)

    A timeless human artifact. Congrats on poem of the day(Report)Reply

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  • Wang Qian (5/27/2016 1:46:00 AM)

    That really calls up my memory when I read the novel for the first time, so touched by the charm of the figure, thanks for sharing!(Report)Reply

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  • Jasbir ChatterjeeJasbir Chatterjee (5/27/2016 12:43:00 AM)

    lovely poem...thanks for sharing it. Congrats, Agatha, on being poet of the day!(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (5/5/2016 12:34:00 PM)

    Burning on the ascension pyre! With the muse of life. Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • Chinedu DikeChinedu Dike (10/29/2015 8:35:00 PM)

    Beautiful piece of poetry, well articulated and insightfully penned in poetic diction with conviction. A good depiction of unchanging nature of change. Thanks for sharing Agatha. Please read my poem MANDELA - THE IMMORTAL ICON.(Report)Reply

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  • Della PerryDella Perry (9/23/2015 1:47:00 PM)

    I like this poem, I am a fan of the story Dorian Gray, super poem.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, February 21, 2011



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