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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, “The Fall of Icarus”, (circa 1590/95).

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Written on May 30, 2018

Submitted by Dennis_Spilchuk on September 18, 2021

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