First Flight

sticky wax collected from the ears of ten thousand bees
feathers of every bird save the ostrich
balsa canvas sinew
atop the cretian cliffs
with the wings strapped to our backs
from point spinalonga we set out
across the sea, to catch the wind
the culmination of fear as we left the rock
Minos’s men not far behind drove our last steps
the sea beckoned but the wind would not let go
we left the rushing waves below
elation victory success then washed over me
not even fathers words could catch me!
as he called his son, the sun called me
ever onward, ever upward

 

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Poets United, Midweek Motif: Aviation

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5 thoughts on “First Flight

  1. Insightful linking of bird feathers and beeswax to the Icarus story in our contemporary context! From “the culmination of fear as we left the rock” to “elation victory success then washed over me” we foret caution. Powerful poem.

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  2. This is absolutely incredible, had to read it a couple of times ❤️ love the reference to “the sea beckoned but the wind would not let go we left the rushing waves below elation victory success then washed over me not even fathers words could catch me!” Powerfully penned.

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  3. Caution is one thing, fear another(caution gone too far). An adult would not make the mistake of youth, except that they would, or did, and learned. How can the youth learn? did we listen to our fathers? Did she listen to his? Will our children listen to us? no. often the cost is not so high as to die. Thus big ideas are in small poems. Thank you all for your comments, you keep me from giving up.

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