Frank E Gibbard Posted February 12, 2014 Share Posted February 12, 2014 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oscar_Wilde Old fashioned (rhyming couplets) but modern in tone I think yet all naturally a matter of opinion. Wilde Imagining Such a talent you had Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wilde,you brightened a dull world yet ended in turn defiled.English Law broke you a gay frail butterfly on a wheelman love was criminal then Justice to us just so unreal.A modern take in these enlightened times simply unfairas you only paid a little attention to a London derrière.You were subject to dubious morals of strict Victorian rule,dared to deal with Lord Queensberry as if he were your fool.Against legal advice you resort to libel based upon a basic lie,always liable to be caught out in court, no need to query why.In your "Ballad of Reading Gaol" rough experience is narratedthe free learn the terrible travail of poor souls incarcerated,a beautiful simile of the small blue tent prisoners call the sky,a wife killer awaiting the hanging rope who wistfuly walks by.Oscar, you loved too well, celebrity deserved with good reasonleaving dullard lordly types unnerved as if that "sin" was treason,not just the acts of love that dare not speak its name back then,and those who could not wait like you did act not knowing whenbetter sense fairness would prevail, and men might marry men.Queen Victoria denied women wanted inside another's knickers,now ladies can be married to her wife maybe even by lady vicars."A Lesbian?!" snorted QV, imagine in style of OW's Lady Bracknell,"But what can they possibly do to each other? Pray dear Sir do tell.""Certain dastardly devices, I believe Maam," says Disraeli ... "ahem.""What a lot of cock!" HM opined ... "or not strictly" whispered the PM. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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