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Daft icarus

Daft icarus

it began as a secret desire (an itch
In the marrow too vague to get through
To the bone) an idea that never could
Make it as flesh – there wasn’t a part of me
Sane i could tell that would have spared
It a breath to get started
so i slept

One midday i woke up with a bang – light
Was bashing in through the windows
And suddenly out of my pores
Sprang this fully-fledged practical paeon
This triumphant brass-note of praise
For a why-hadn’t-i-yelled-it-before
Sort of answer to my life’s rubbing-out
Of my dreams
i’ll jump from the window
(i sang to myself)
and i’ll fly
And be damned to daft icarus
i crowed
And i flew – or i fled (which is
Very much the same grain of word
And it graciously covers the gap
Between the experience i had in my head
And the one i met rushing up
From the ground where the glasshouse
Splashed around to reflect me
As i passed on my way down to earth
And the squirt of my dad’s best tomatoes
And my mum’s angry mask of a face
That just wasn’t brought up to be fruitful)
So i fled – or i flew – out the gate
Up the street till i melted
Just like that daft icarus before me
And i thought
well why the sod not
So i jumped in a pond till i cooled
And the blood from a scratch on my hand
Turned the green water red but not a
Thick peasant came to be in on the wonder
And i had to go home soaking wet
To a tongue that had blisters and a belt
Round the head from my dad – but i lived

Which is more than daft icarus did



Poem Daft icarus - Rg Gregory