when did Icarus become
the boy who fell?
tell me which poet heard his story
and decided that this,
this is a story about falling
show me the poet, and i will show you
a blind fool who does not understand that
heroes are made of the same stuff as boys who plummet in the sky
legends love to tell of the foolish boy with wings
who forgot that beeswax and summer sun make nothing but tragedies,
but we have forgotten the most important part of the story:
Icarus learned to f
before he f
And for one shining moment–
before the fall,
before the fear and the cold,
before the screaming rush of air and the splash of seaspray–
for one shining, iridescent moment,
he kissed the clouds.
he tasted sundrops on his lips.
he stood where gods only dare to tread.
he held the whole sky in his outstretched arms
and the whole world in beneath his winged shoulders.
— the boy who
fell flew ( j.p. )