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Who are you, and what am I?
Remember me? I touched the sky
I flew too hard and burned too fast
Dreams like mine, they just don't last
I touched the sun on feathered limbs
I satisfied my wildest whims
But I burnt out, and I fell down
My body wasn't ever found
But don't remember me for how I failed
I embody all the dreams that've sailed
So who are you, and what am I?
Remember me? I wasn't afraid to fly.
I consider this my classic poem. I wrote it quite a long time ago.. but I still consider it one of my best. Human nature, philosophy.. Icarus was the boy of Daedulus the inventor. He flew too high to the sun, causing the wax of his wings to melt, and fell. Most people point to the story as a form of "Know wisdom and temperance."

I prefer to think he died just the way he wanted to.

Kissing the sky.
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ClickPicArt Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017  Student Photographer
TheSourpatch Featured By Owner May 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow... this is exquisite!!!
smartdumdum Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This poem is incredible! I'm in awe...
Onyx1303 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014
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ZoZo1770 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist
Absolutely beautiful!
Silent--Songbird Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice. I like how Icarus was happy that at least he wasn't afraid
EchoChaser Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Something about this, I dont know, I just really like it.
Chronokinetic-socks Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Marvelous. I agree about the point of Icarus dying the way he wanted to.
ClutterCollector Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I don't know why more people haven't commented on this. This is really awesome.
Jakota-Drake Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
I love this!!!
Sarah-chan14 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love it!!!
rdath Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing :)
fenixrising5602 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Gah I love this! This may sound weird but I'm getting a tattoo of Icarus' fall and was wondering if I could put this poem with it?
cybertrix Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh my god that was amazing. i only wish i could write stuff like this. :hug:
ilikethesky Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is beautiful!
Dewmandruid Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Rly awesome.
Writer-In-Process Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That was amazing! There have been many renditions of this story, but I think this one is the best!
Himitsukiyo Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
Amazing :)
maltese-icarus Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Well done. Managed to put my believes into words!!
manathequeen Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Student Writer
it's beautifully written
ayAvidor Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
Cool take on a classic story. I like how you returned to the beginning in the end. I really enjoy the way the poem flows. "I prefer to think he died just the way he wanted to." made me like the poem even more. That's a great interpretation; it made me think.
jonysmith123 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Hobbyist
Nice one, really enjoyed that piece :D
Noodlexx Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I love it. This is beautiful! Thanks (:
LeonorEmmalyn Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Student General Artist
This is beautiful! *Favorite*
InTheStarryNightSky Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
This is... beautiful. To me there are many many ways to interpret Icarus' fall. But... I really like this one. It reminds me of the day I read the myth and then asked myself "If I was in his position would I fly too high? Could I even stop myself?"

This is a wonderful piece. Great job.
sovideogames Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011
Awesome. I love Greek Mythology. I could read this over and over again and not get tired of it.

Bravo! :worship:
Phenreer Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011   Writer
Who is Icarus?
LastRainShadow Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011
That's very good!
Pleeeeease more? :)
vsbryant478 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
Very well written kudos and keep it up
OliveAngel8701 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beautiful, I love Greek mythology so much. I love this deviation so much! :)
RaInBoWkAt123 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wrote a poem like that too...

Oh Icarus, Icarus,
Free as a bird
Soaring so skies
Unseen and unheard
But as Icarus flew,
So close to the sun,
His waxy winged feather,
One by one,
Caught on the calm and gentle breeze,
Soon would drift down to mercilous seas,
And so Icarus, who, caught up in his whim,
Never had time to learn how to swim.

GVonnieV Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010
I like. You took something with a set meaning, and decided to throw that meaning out the window.
You gave it your own meaning, and did so quite well.

What was originally meant to be something almost, condescending, you turned joyous.
Trinygroove Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
Like it
silverarrows13 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Student Photographer
I love this. This is now one of my favorite poems. I bow down to your awesom-ness :worship:
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mwymarc Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Oh.... I like this...
I had not thought of Icarus as the archetype of the Fool before, ignoring older Wisdom to live his whole world in a moment. To break free of the impossible, to stretch the weary edges of one's soul out with white-feathered wings - even if they're only bound with wax; to live one moment, one dream, one life as if that's all...

Perhaps we need more foolish dreamers in this world.

Making the obvious connection, I am minded of the crew of the space shuttle Challenger. It seems appropriate that they should have made this realization, the same as your Icarus, in the moment of their deaths -

Touching the sky.
KalinaEnRe Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009
"Kissing the sky"

Love the allusion to both the classical myth and MacEwan's poem! (that was an allusion, right?)

I much prefer this interpretation to the traditional view: it's far more interesting and denotes a deeper understanding of humanity.

I don't think that Icarus failed, though; I like to think that he succeeded, even in his death. He succumbed to the temptation of beauty and adventure, something most people are too afraid to do, and that isn't a failure. Although he died, he created a legacy for himself. I think that he knew what would happen would happen to him, and that it was worth it.

Ok, I'm going to stop because this is turning into a very long review. But good job, love the poem.
BewareWehavewaffles Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009
I really liked this poem. I pride myself on knowing about Greek Mythology and I have to say that this fits very well. Thanks
gothiksquirrel Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
this is really good.
i like it. A LOT.
you are getting a favorite.
alpha-girl Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009
this got to be somebody's `about me` on hi5 :) that's where I found it.
really really great!
withintheb0x Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009  Student
i've always thought of it that way too. i want him as a tattoo actually =)
jonathoncomfortreed Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009  Student Photographer
i love it :D
only thing... the last line "Remember me? I wasn't afraid to fly." doesn't really fit.
but it's really good.
IlithyiaEidsvag Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful. And so true.

Icarus :heart:

IamJaden Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009
Awesome poem!
fcsteaua235 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2008
This poem is Excellent
I swear i've never seen something more beautiful in terms of literature than this ... i'd like to present it to my English or even Romanian teacher here in my country if you allow me . This is just so great :[link]
blackmoonalchemist Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008
great poem! I've never really thought of Icarus that way but this is an excellent interpretation!
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animaiden Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
That's a refreshing perspective to the tragedy of Icarus, wonderful and deep.

It directly conveys a message that others would not be so quick to see. It's short, yet impactful. I love it. <3
Soras-Girl-4-Eva Featured By Owner May 1, 2008
This was really good!!
I actually thought the same thing, that Icarus died the way he wanted to and that he should be remebered for his success in flight rather than his fall.
LgthAoshi14 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2008
This wonderful. I love this interpretation! Bravo!
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