Icarus Comes of Age

Icarus Comes of Age

A fledgling eagle hit the wind,
His wings unsure, he fluttered, faltered,
‘Til he grew them straight and strong.

And then he parted air,
As he’d been born to do,
As a young boy parts his hair.

Smug and sure and self-secure,
He rose in the noon-day sun,
And screamed with ecstasy
To kiss a cloud,
He and the sky were one,
And the earth was far below.

“This moment’s all there is!”,
He thought.
He couldn’t know.
And all too soon he reached a star,
He thought.

He went too far,
And all too soon he fell to earth but then,
“The moment’s all that matters!”,
So he thought.

He never flew again.
He just remembers.

(written circa 1965)

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