Bordeaux Bay

Bordeaux Bay
Watercolour by Tony Taylor http://www.paintingbreaksguernsey.com

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

HIGH FLYER

The story of Icarus is a well-known and intriguing one.
An ambiguous fable open to different interpretations, it is seen by some as a cautionary tale about the disastrous consequences of vainglorious ambition. 
The poet W H Auden famously used it in his celebrated poem, Musee des Beaux Arts.      
Doubtless I should be cautious attempting to follow Auden, but here goes.





BIRDMAN
  
I am falling from high
but they do not notice.

The air, through wings
that promised much,
keens like a mourner.

Creeping ants below
evolve
to shepherd,
ploughman,
angler.

I fall unseen.

Someone
will dream it later.

I have no time
to scream.

The water is
hard as stone.


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