Icarus Falling


If iCarus had an iPad,
he might have researched
the temperature of the sun,
or the melting point of wax.
Or he might have caught
an episode or two
of Father Knows Best.

He would have known
a little more about the
law of gravity, or maybe
punch-drunk texted a few
wise friends who could
have talked him
down from his hubris

Or perhaps
it would have made no
difference at all.
Because when it comes
to feathered hope
and open sky,
we all just really
want to



Prompted by Toads

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18 Responses to Icarus Falling

  1. gillena says:

    we just want to all fly, isnt this so true

    nice write

    much love…

  2. Helen Dehner says:

    Perfectly blended, shaken, stirred!

  3. isadoragruye says:

    I love a good Icarus burn! Loved the bit about father knows best, and that last stanza was KILLER. Gorgeous writing, de! Thanks for blending it up!

  4. LOVE your opening…playing with that small “i” perfect closing and inbetweens, too! 😉 Fun one, de!

  5. Kerry O'Connor says:

    Ah, this is brilliant! Loved every clever word of it.

  6. Exactly… Though I guess that in the end there might have become a perfect meme on youtube… 🙂 Love the iCarus…

  7. ihatepoetry says:

    Right – this is also my secret dream: to fly like a birdie. Alas, I’m stuck watching b&w reruns on ME-TV. Love el Mosk

  8. This is fantastic! I simply love your ending..I so wish I could fly.

  9. Candy says:

    spectacular! I’m struggling with this and you’ve made it look easy

  10. Brendan says:

    The only thing we have to know about flying is don’t hit the ground too soon. Ditch the devices with the ballast!

  11. The flow and the building up to the understanding is perfect!

  12. Woo hoo… you really took this and “flew”. 🙂 I bombed so far…

  13. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade) says:

    Oh YES!

  14. satyapriya says:

    This is delicious. Yes, we all do want to fly. Me especially.

  15. Kir Piccini says:

    This is simply beautiful, it is so simple but moves me so.
    As always, I miss your words and are thankful for them when I come to visit.

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