Dido's Curse [inspired by the Aeneid by Virgil}
So we were reading the Aeneid by Virgil in our Civilization Sequence Course and I decided to share this with you. In case you are interested in reading about the battle between fate and love, the Aeneid is your book. Although the book depicts how love leaves us vulnerable it also shows us that man can never escape his fate no matter how much he struggles against the current. Yet one of the most important issues depicted in the book of which I tried to reflect upon in the poem is how love drives us to the edge as well as how losing what you consider the most valuable possession in your life [which is Aeneid’s love in Dido’s case] would affect a person’s life. In Dido’s case being too struck by love left her burning as Aeneas sailed away to Italy and hence she committed suicide.
You had me by your gentle touch, by the silence that resides within you and me
Just by that understanding you held me in your gaze, and so you set me free
Now I burn yearning for your touch, the light color of your eyes
The beauty that magnifies the creator of the world and the skies
You had me by the hand, and up to my heart
And now on my knees I fall cursing your depart
Hanging in there I called your name
Clinging to your shadow the left over flame
Going through the picture album of you and me
I shed one little tear as I yearn for you, set it free
I know you are gone, beyond my reach in this physical world
And guess what you did to my tranquility with not even a word
Spoken, yet every gesture moved my heart and soul
And your departure left a black hole
That sucks in my source of living, reason to exist
Now my soul cries for you, for I can’t co-exist
Can’t bring myself to peace without you breathing
Now I am bound within this body among the living
Yet my mind and soul are dead depleted and obsolete
Unable to fend the darkness the pain that brings me down my feet
But I am falling deeper so extend your hand let death join us
I’m frozen lost drifting within the living world and the dead
So will you extend your wings, for enough tears have been shed
Burning in love in pain and feelings of betrayal I lay my last curses on you
For simply you took away my sanity, my youth and life’s hue
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