The Muse’s Burden

By Marley Moore

So tell me how hard it is to be you.
Your selfless journey through heartbreak and discovery
Believing every breath you take.
Innocence is something you found in me.
Low, you know, that they took from you.


Vanity is such an odd thing
Another painting of you, another act for me
No painter, philosopher, nor Sailer could
Encompass desperation more, than that of your virtue.

“Hello! I’m Marley Moore, a Psych major here at LCC. One day I hope to be a clinical psychotherapist, possibly a psychiatrist! When I’m not focusing on schoolwork, I spend a lot of my time singing, writing, reading etc. This piece combines a few passions of mine, a poem written inspired by a character I identify with from my favorite book and author: Oscar Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray”. This is an acrostic poem that spells out the name Sybil Vane, and combines the perspective of myself, and her character from the story. Throughout I reference different concepts from the book, while speaking with my own voice. For those who haven’t read the book, I hope there’s meaning within it to place in your own lives, and that you enjoy the poem.” — Marley Moore

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