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Icarus and Daedalus

Icarus awoke to watch the sunrise
And convinced himself that he was blessed.
Then donned wings made of wax, feathers and thread,
To fly with Daedalus up in the skies.

Soared they on wings, freedom comes with a price.
Icarus climbed higher and the wax melted;—
His arms beat useless so down he plummeted,
Because he ignored his father’s advice.

In the harbour, ships dock and part for trade.
A sot fishing from the rocks pays no heed.
A farmer plows while a shepherd gazes.

And watches a young man falling from Grace.
Splash in! Kicking up his legs in the sea,
And drowns as Daedalus cursed and sheep graze.

About this poem

“Icarus and Daedalus” is an ekphrastic poem inspired by Pieter Brueghel the Elder’s painting, “Landscape With The Fall of Icarus”, (circa 1558).

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Written on May 30, 2018

Submitted by Denny747 on September 18, 2021

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Dennis Spilchuk

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