Recently I relearned the story
of the downfall of Oscar Wilde,
about how he was the fall guy
for what Victorian society
refused to accept that it did
as vehemently as it refused
to do anything about it.
Oscar endured what we now call
'a mid-life crisis' when he met
the youth known as Bosie,
who was an unwilling member
a dysfunctional aristocratic family.
Before Oscar and Bosie met
Bosie knew more that Oscar did
about what we now call 'being gay'
and the life of boys 'On the game',
the youths whose attractiveness
got them barred from better occupations.
Men who were corrupted by their wealth
always knew how to misuse a boy was poor,
better than the boy himself could acknowledge.
This was one side of 'The double life',
or how one life could be seen two ways
which was the great Victorian fascination.
Victorian society wanted to be viewed
as 'moral' whilst benefiting the few
and blaming the poor majority
for 'the immorality their poverty'.