Friday, August 6, 2010

MAGPIE/ Prompt #26

   
photo/willow/magpie tales

MYTHOLOGY

Wrapped in wings designed by Daedelus,
Icarus flies,
trusting the father,
seeking the sun.

Wildflowers cushion his feet.
A cold rivulet trickles over the iron lip
of a watering vessel,
a sip for flight.

A moment for the butterfly
to choose a shaded leaf,
alight, or set
its journey on the brink of chance.

Icarus decides
to rise above Crete,
as certain of his voyage
as the moth.

The glowing orb
seals the Minoan's fate.

A glide too close to the sun,

feathers melt,
bare arms flail,
a legend commences.

                                      Daedelus and Icarus

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Another thank you to Willow for presenting this prompt!! Do check out all the others who contributed.
  



45 comments:

Jingle said...

feathers melt,
bare arms flail,
a legend commences.

that's beautiful and powerful!
I enjoyed the lovely flow of words and senses.

Helen said...

Mythology has always intrigued me ... as does your Magpie.

Lyn said...

Hi Jingle-
Always so supportive..thank you so much!

Lyn said...

Hi Helen..
Thanks..it was fun for me to find mythology in a watering can..ya never know!!

steveroni said...

Hot, hot, hot. Icarus should have waited until winter--but then all of history (space station?) would have been different. Thanks! good!

Mine is HERE

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

I know this myth but your words today brought this flight and fall to my heart...powerful

Carrie Burtt said...

There is always so much depth to your poetry...this one is beautiful! :-)

Angie Muresan said...

My son has just discovered the Greek myths. I'll have to have him read this. He will love it! Wonderful!

Sam Liu said...

As a passionate classicist and lover of Ancient Greek history, mythology has always fascinated me. Greek myths and legends have such a mystery, such a magic, they have elements of art and philosophy and so much more. And you capture this so wonderfully in your poem.

Lyn said...

Hi steveroni-
Thanks..it's just as it had to be,I think..that's fate!

Lyn said...

Hi Mary Ann-
So pleased you liked this...thank you...

Lyn said...

Hi Carrie-
I'm happy that you like the poem..this one came out of nowhere..that's poetry for you!!

Lyn said...

Hi Angie-
I'm honored to think you'll show this to your son..thanks! Greek mythology was a fav of mine..

Lyn said...

Hi Sam-
You have a way of making me believe that I've done something worthwhile! Thank you...

kathew said...

wow-It never ceases to amaze me ow we all find something new in Willow's images. Great take on the photo!

Patience said...

Ooo, beautiful, i'm always up for a good dose of mythology.

Brian Miller said...

nice. the story of icarus is one of my favorites and and intersting twist to the prompt...nice played.

Lyn said...

Hi kathew-
Thank you..How to explain? I think our unconscious is very powerful.

Derrick said...

Hi Lyn,

I KNOW I never would have found Icarus in a watering can! I love all of this: the subtle rhyming, choice of words, but especially

"A moment for the butterfly
to choose a shaded leaf,
alight, or set
its journey on the brink of chance."

Doc FTSE said...

Original idea became an intriguing poem. For mythology fans, the UK author/poet Robert Graves wrote an intro. to the Greek Myths described on Wiki HERE

Lyn said...

Hi Patience-
There sure is enough for us to tap into...thanks..


Hi Brian-
Thank you..I too was surprised by where the poem went!!


Hi Derrick-
Who can say what poetry's about? Glad that it just appears..and that you find it pleasing!


Hi Doc-
Thank's for visiting..I did go to the wiki site..very interesting..a scholarly entry!

willow said...

Absolutely elegant.

Tumblewords: said...

Wonderful drops of mythology emerge from the watering can!

Lyn said...

Hi Tumblewords-
Thank you..you never know what you'll find "canned" these days!!

annell said...

Very nice, very nice! I love that....

Systematic Weasel said...

Beautifully written magpie! Mythology is always an interesting subject.

-Weasel

Lyn said...

Hi annell-
So glad for your visit..and thank you!!

Lyn said...

Hi Systematic Weasel-
Yes, mythology is a gift that never stops giving..and welcome!

panopticulated said...

I really enjoyed this magpie, I'm glad I discovered your blog. :-)

"trusting the father,seeking the sun."

Nice writing.

Lyn said...

Hi panopticulated-
Thank you..I too am glad we found each others blogs...

CatLadyLarew said...

Ah, a sip for flight for your imagination!

Lyn said...

Hi Cat Lady-
Thanks...I'll sip to that!! Just this minute visited your magpie..like minds...

steveroni said...

My feathers didn't melt...my wings were clipped!

Sorry! Just was compelled to double-dip here! Like your style, it goes without saying.....
Steve

Lyn said...

Hi Steveroni-
It's OK...I can't resist being "punny" either..and thanks!!

The Urban Cowboy said...

I should have done magpie earlier! Your poem is awesome, and you are in my reader now. See you around.

joanny said...

Lyn

This is one simply exquisite poem-- like Sam I am passionate classicist and lover of Ancient Greek history, in my undergraduate studies did a thesis on the Minoan - Crete culture.

You had my undivided attention from the start to the end of this eloquent poem. This should be published.

Joanny

Words A Day said...

This is very good, you got the watering can in very neatly too - a very sensous imaginative piece

Lyn said...

Hi joanny-
Those are words that are deeply appreciated..thank you..
the ancient Greeks continue to inspire!
I'm thinking of assembling another book of poetry...

Lyn said...

Hi Words a Day-
Thank you..I do try to put the basic idea somewhere in the poem..part of the fun!!

Lena said...

You've a way with words, indeed. Great Magpie.

Greek Mythology was a favourite subject at high school, which has phased out now. Such a shame.

Lyn said...

Hi Lena-
Thanks for visiting..and we were lucky in the scope of our studies!

rel said...

Lyn,
With watering can and old sol many a legend is made.
rel

Lyn said...

Hi rel-
Thanks... A very good combo...A legend in my own mind??

~T~ said...

I especially like the butterfly part. We all stand on the brink from time to time. And sometimes shooting for the stars is worth the burns. Very nice!

Lyn said...

Hi T-
I agree..the pause, and then the plunge..we need heroes!!

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