Icarus and His Mother, Elizabeth

I can’t wait for the moon, can you?
Said the boy to his mother.
She responded, I have been waiting.

Waiting with the moon, the woman stands
As the ocean steals sand from under her
Feet, she begins to fall and wonders:

Moon, why have I waited here for so long,
When a man drives the sun in a chariot across
The sky burning everything in his path?

They warned her the moon wouldn’t shine
As bright, explaining, it just reflects the sun.
Nevertheless, she persisted, reflecting light.

When the boy finally fell to Earth, wings singed,
Wax melted, now wiser, he said to his mother
I should’ve waited, with you, for the moon.

for: https://poesypluspolemics.com/

10 thoughts on “Icarus and His Mother, Elizabeth

  1. Singledust says:

    don’t really follow American politics – thanks for the back story – it could work either way – but really just stands alone in such glory – not sure I would afford a beauty like this one to a mere mortal’s story – but you have creator’s rights and final authority!


  2. S Francis says:

    I don’t know that there was am mother, however, this poem is written in essence to address a political issue back in the United States where one of our most prestigious female legislators from the opposition party was censured by the congressional body she serves in for what appears to be because she was a woman. However, it is deviates enough from that story and twists the myth up enough to tell what I hope is an effective story.

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  3. Singledust says:

    I cannot remember any mention of Icarus mother in poetry or story – maybe recall she was a slave his father fell in love with – but this was lovely – a tribute to the eclipse could be – that’s coming soon? Love the last verse – where he has more wisdom and maybe grateful that his mother never gave up and reflected light for him to journey on.

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