‘Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit’


The man of wits beyond measure, and of course he had a quote about quotes. 

Today is the 160th birth anniversary of Oscar Wilde (born 16th October 1854), so this is just a speck of a tribute to this ingenious writer and poet. 

A bird sketched in shadow
made for the plain wall
Was destined to be the
most colourful of all
To a world
without walls
It flew, in
the rainbow
to be a puppet
with no threads

“We are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars” – Oscar Wilde.


  1. Thank you soooooo much for sharing this, Light. Yes, he is a man of wits beyond measure. The poem is super amazing and profound. I will not dilute the beauty of the poem by my comments. It is oozing the marvel and I am witnessing it with all my senses. “Puppet with no threads”- Hats Off!

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    1. Thanks sooooooooo much, R! Oh, but your comments always enhance my poems! I am humbled by all the praise, R, you’re a sweetheart. ❤
      I'm glad you liked that particular line! 🙂

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      1. My Pleasure, D! The poem is already so beautiful that my words would be a disgrace to contain the essence. I am a huge fan of his works but I am little embarrassed here that his anniversary slipped from my mind. I loved all the lines but the quote is dear to me.

        Love to you.

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      2. Oh, that’s okay, it’s Oscar Wilde after all – the celebrity among authors – he’d be cool enough to forgive his admirers.
        Have you read the letter he wrote to Lord Douglas (his lover) from prison – De Profundis? It’s heart-wrenching.
        I always feel that Wilde was born ahead of his time…it was unfair for him in so many ways, right? But, maybe that’s what made him a man with such powerful insight into the human nature.

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      3. Cool enough to forgive his admirers….this is cool. I read only the first half of De Profundis(from the depths). I did not read the other half ( his spiritual journey). His letters to Alfred. D (Bosie) constitutes the first part. It is detailed in “Life in Letters”. Agree, he was born ahead of his time. There are so many other beautiful works by Wilde which can only be read but going to that depth is little difficult.

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    1. Oh thank you! Thank you very much! I see you share the same enthusiasm when it comes to Oscar Wilde, yes he was indeed a great man! There won’t ever be another even close to what he was, seriously, one of the best and my absolute favourite.

      And, thanks so very much for the praise and the re-blog, it means a lot! It’s so great to know you! 🙂



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