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Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. Leonard Cohen

Monday, September 8, 2014

Another Icarus

He always knew that he would die this way
From the moment he first felt the fire,
the warmth spreading over his body
that made all the pain go away,
he knew that he would never stop

He wasn't afraid of being burned
He flew higher
and higher
He wanted the sun for himself
if only once

And when he gave that final push,
he almost made it
Almost
But in the end
his wings turned to ash,
his body to dust
And the flame still burned.

submitted for Magpie Tales, Mag236 and
Imaginary Garden With Real Toads, Open Link Monday

19 comments:

Björn Rudberg said...

It's like the Icarus myth for moths.. I like that burning feeling and how it really burns..

Kay L. Davies said...

From the mind of the moth to your pen, Ms Mouse. Well done.
Luv, K

Wolfsrosebud said...

i enjoyed this journey... loved the detail of life no matter how small

georgeplaceblog said...

The poor moths - always drawn to the very thing that kills them. But what a way to go, I guess.

Sumana Roy said...

"the warmth spreading over his body
that made all the pain go away,"...this is the attraction...sad...

purplepeninportland said...

Well said, Lola! Love this poem.

Helen said...

The inevitability here is chilling .. beautiful poem, Mouse!

Berowne said...

Dramatic, strong, well written.

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Marcoantonio Arellano said...

life comes and goes in but a flicker of light...and the burning remains.

i echo Wolfsrosebud's take

gracias mi amiga

Vandana Sharma said...

At least he tried............

Kerry O'Connor said...

This is an astute metaphor for the life of both moth and man.

Michael said...

whoa.

Kay said...

i liked the different viewpoint...x

grapeling said...

reminded me of that Viktor Frankl quote: what is to give light must endure burning ~

Marian said...

but to fly!

Tess Kincaid said...

Brought Mercury to mind...nice...

listeningdaisy said...

Wonderful take on Icarus, really well done!

senderupwords said...

And the flame still burned. LOVE it! Love and Light, S