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Dido's Curse [inspired by the Aeneid by Virgil}

Updated on June 15, 2011

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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    • Uriel profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Lebanon

      well not exactly the same, but nothing genuine in it :D i wonder which was more boring the Aeneid or The Odyssey :P~ i guess my CS professor was right when he said Virgil was preserving the history of his people thus following Homer's footsteps so maybe this is the reason behind the similarity :D~anyway take a look at the book and tell me you don't feel like killing Dido all over again:D:P

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      Nikki Wicked 

      7 years ago from Louisiana

      hmm... only plagiarism if they used the same words. The story can be similar but I'm sure its not exactly the same...

    • Uriel profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Lebanon

      The Aeneid is similar to Homer's Odyssey [if not the SAME]~should we call that plagiarism ? O_o

    • Nikkij504gurl profile image

      Nikki Wicked 

      7 years ago from Louisiana

      haha i bet.

    • Uriel profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Lebanon

      well you should, but i kind of wanted to smack the heck out of her Dido simply lost it by the end of the book :D:D

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      Nikki Wicked 

      7 years ago from Louisiana

      I so want to read this book now. good work!


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