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Dorian Grey

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Dorian Grey

The painting showed his perfect beauty,
For that kept he’d sell his soul
And cast aside his godly duties
To pursue his evil goals.

The devil works in tempting lies
Waiting for the weak of mind
And for each righteous act denied
Would further grasp one of his kind.

With every evil deed he stays
Adorned with handsome youthful looks
While his painting shows decay –
Reveals the slash of Satan’s hooks.

“Let the painting age, not me –
No sins, no doubts, and no regrets
I’ll live my life just as I please –
No conscience pleading to forget”.

Yet in despair he could not bear
To see the picture of his soul,
Now old and ugly he would tear
With plunge of dagger sharp and cold.

Screams of pain shot down the lane
As Mr. Grey fell to the floor,
And the maid was thought insane
When she described just what she saw.

On the floor, a monster dead
With dagger deep within his chest
Yet there upon the wall she said,
Pictured beauty at its best.



The Picture of Dorian Grey was the only novel published by Oscar Wilde.

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  1. Date: 7/30/2013 7:34:00 PM
    Excellent. Write my friend,,, Craig I did not know Oscar Wilde only wrote the Dorian Gray novel,,, I thought he wrote many books not that I know much about Wilde's works apart from Dorian Gray,, great poem enjoy the read, have a blessed day my friend,, sueellen

  1. Date: 7/24/2013 9:03:00 PM
    Craig, Congratulations!!! Thank you for the wonderful win. :-) Epic, it is. <3 always & forever <3 ''LINDA

  1. Date: 3/20/2013 6:25:00 PM
    Another beauty Craig...Congrats....loved reading it again....Donna

  1. Date: 3/20/2013 10:54:00 AM
    Great win! Congratulations, Craig! Perfect portrayal of the classic work. Great rhyme and meter.

  1. Date: 3/19/2013 6:17:00 PM
    Oh ny gosh, you never cease to amaze me. Congrats Craig on your awesome win.

  1. Date: 3/19/2013 5:43:00 PM
    Craig, your poem is lovely... congratulations with your winning poem~ always* PD

  1. Date: 3/19/2013 11:13:00 AM
    Amazing write, Craig! I was captured from the start.

  1. Date: 3/15/2013 8:34:00 AM
    WOW, Craig! I think you rocked this contest! And the topic definitely appeals to a literature dork like me :)

  1. Date: 3/13/2013 6:36:00 AM
    Nice depiction of the story. I wonder if people who inject Botox, have unnecessary plastic surgery, and politicians who lie because they only care about their jobs are Dorians of today?

  1. Date: 3/12/2013 4:30:00 PM
    No wonder it was his only novel! Great poem Craig....good luck in the contest

  1. Date: 3/12/2013 3:23:00 PM
    you've told this story so well in rhyme! i really enjoyed this and did not know that it was oscar wilde's only novel...

  1. Date: 3/12/2013 2:12:00 PM
    are you on line...pd

  1. Date: 3/12/2013 2:12:00 PM
    i meant to say soup mail..LOL