Icarus and other flights of fancy

Margo Roby posted a wonderful photograph on her Tuesday Tryouts today, with a prompt to try writing about Icarus, wings or flight-related poetry.

A new little senryu:

I dreamt I could fly
but wings would be more useful
when I am awake

A reblog of an old poem:

Pride Goeth Before a Fall, or Ambition Goes Awry

Waiting in impatience for
flight to be invented,
Icarus flipped his lid.
Why wait? he quipped,
gazing at the sky,
yearning to fly beyond
the limits of the known world.

He gathered components
stealing some –
never being one for discipline –
begged plumes from birds-
and wax from bees;
made strong string
from leaves;
cobbled all together
into a contraption
Now he’d discover whether
miracles really happen.

He climbed Mount Olympus
as a handy take-off point
for his heroic moment,
strapped on his clumsy apparatus,
leapt with sublime divine afflatus
into the unknown.

For a moment or two
free-flight brought cries of joy
until the boy in careless rapture
soared too high to Phoebus’ capture.
Beeswax melted
spare parts dispersed
Poor Icarus cursed
and dived head first
to painful perdition.

Father Daedalus, on solid ground,
acknowledged the prudence he had found
in the words of the prophets –
“It will all end in tears.”
And it did.

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7 Responses to Icarus and other flights of fancy

  1. Clever poem, Viv.

    They say if you dream of flying, it means you are happy.


  2. Wouldn’t it be something to have wings? No wonder it went to Icarus’s head..
    Enjoyed your poems, Viv.

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  3. Your senryu is wonderful and I have often felt that way, too! The second is a treat to read.


  4. I think all of us have a bit of Icarus in us, heh? Loved these!

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  5. margo roby says:

    I like the senryu. Read it several times [I’m a slow processor — no, I just get the feel of some poems better]. The older poem is great fun. i love the detail in the second stanza.

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  6. Lovely, evocative poetry. Here is a short work I wrote a couple of years ago:


  7. Misky says:

    Love your Icarus tale, and the senryu is very good indeed. >

    Liked by 1 person

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