There’s a story with a moral, amongst other things,
about an ill-fated boy with waning wax wings.

His father warned carefully that he flee the sun's rays,
on this point they agreed, or so the tale says.

Yet the words were no contract, for they bound Icarus not,
and his eyes set on the sun the first chance that he got.

He chased after its beauty, which hooked him by his seams,
so that he lost sight of the melting caused by his lover's beams.

The story ends as swiftly as the author had it started,
and the father, with eyes bulging and trembling lips parted,

watched helplessly as Icarus realized too late,
that wax and the sun will end in a terrible fate,

and warn as he might, his child’s wings were all
leaving the boy at the mercy of his prized, torturous sun.

About this poem

I have always been a devoted fan of Greek mythology, and this poem was birthed from that obsession. It tells one of the most well-known mythology stories of all time about a boy named Icarus. I tried my best not to deviate from the main ideas portrayed in the original tale as my plan was not to retell, but to simply make it sound more lyrical; more like a song and less like a story.

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Written on May 04, 2022

Submitted by Mabel.tswanya on September 19, 2022

Modified on March 31, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic hexameter
Characters 784
Words 166
Stanzas 7
Stanza Lengths 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3

Azara Tswanya

Azara is a 19 year old Mass Communication major living and studying in Lagos, Nigeria. She has a passion for all forms of the written word, from non-fiction to poetry, she will read and write anything. more…

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  • Your_average_loser
    While poems about Icarus have been time and time again, I can't help but love reading them. I really liked you telling of the story quite different from mine.
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