General Poetry posted March 21, 2012 Chapters: 2 3 -4- 5... 

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A chapter in the book Metaphorical Seas

The Myth of the Sea

by phill doran

With urgent hands the father tears the cloth
and lays exposed his young son's faultless back.
Then, with one forearm he restrains the boy
and brands upon his shoulders welts of wax.
The pinioned body arches from the pain,
until it ebbs and leaves two garnet scalds.
Into each scar is woven, one by one,
the plumage of a thousand mortal beasts;
each folded, layered, blended in the seals
until at last the old man helps him stand.
New limbs respond; a canopy uncoils,
two alabaster bows to breach all bonds –
a battery of quills at his command,
no longer earthbound, Icarus ascends.



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An exercise in blank verse: unrhymed iambic pentametre

In legend: Daedalus escaped from the island of Crete with his son Icarus by building wings for them both; fashioned out of wax and feathers.
Although warned, Icarus flew too close to the sun, which melted the wax of his wings and he fell into the sea (in the area which now bears his name, the Icarian Sea near Icaria.)
In this piece, Daedalus is saving Icarus not punishing him.
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