Icarus [a poem]

I've got all this cardboard
Sitting in my apartment, a haphazard skyscraper
A game of Jenga
With Amazon smiles all over it.

Could I turn it 
Into something other? Could I
Forsake plastic forever. Make Icarus wings
Leave this burning feeling 
This burning planet and head straight
Up! Up where the clouds are soft again
Where the planets we haven't fucked yet live
Where the rain is gentle.
Rub baby oil into my tired shoulder blades.
They have not been winged for long,
But they have been damaged under years of smog.

Could I climb out of this burning fucking planet 
By sheer force of will
And would that fix me?
Or am I doomed to watch every forest burn around me
Until I, too, suffocate?

The news is getting scarier
And so I try to avoid it. 
I think about the Great Barrier Reef.
I think about solar power.
I think about Icarus
And how he wasn't exactly in the wrong, I don't think.


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klari🕯🦇

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this is dope omfg keep up the good work!


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Blackbird (Dale Winslow)

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The final two lines of this really send out the hook that sews this poem up and leaves the reader with something to ponder - good stuff!


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𝕬𝖑𝖍𝖊𝖎𝖒𝖎𝖓𝖓

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Wow! 🔥


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William

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A wonderfully passionate write.

"Could I

Forsake plastic forever. Make Icarus wings

Leave this burning feeling "

I was particularly struck by these line.


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Not to be weird but I enjoy your writing so much that positive feedback on my own feels like a badge of honour. Thank you very much!

by Eliott; ; Report

Never weird. Bannish it. And thank you. The honor is mine, to have you read my lines and to read what you have to share. Anyone who risks word-craft is a warrior in my mind.

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Shadow Bliss

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Love this poem.


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Byronasaurus Rex

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This is beautiful! See also: https://youtu.be/ffvRU4V65E4


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I've spent my morning in bed listening to soft music quietly and I opened this thinking "Byron has sent us a poem"

NO he's sent us viscerally, violently back into our teenage years and as loudly as possible (this song is a bop tho I just was not at ALL prepared hahahaha)

by Eliott; ; Report

I’ve been waiting for this moment all my life and more!

by Byronasaurus Rex; ; Report

Woke me the fuck up I can tell ya

by Eliott; ; Report

lolololol

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Donald

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great poeeem


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xXLil4cLuXx

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amazing poem, love it


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Casey Fallen

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Two Kudos for you!


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Jack Raven

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“Up where the clouds are soft again”
“Where the rain is gentle”
I love these lines. To me, its a reminder that the world we live in and are used to didnt used to be this way.


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