Southern Icarus and other Poems

June 1, 2020

Southern Icarus
 

Windborne, lover of heights,
unspooled from the truck’s wildly lurching embrace,
you climb, skittish kite . . .

 

What do you know of the world’s despair,
gliding in vast solitariness there,
so that all that remains is to

 

fall?

 

Only a little longer the wind invests its sighs;
you

 

stall,

spread-eagled, as the canvas snaps

 

and flaps

its white rebellious wings,
and all

 

the houses watch with baffled eyes.

 

What Works
 

for David Gosselin

 

What works―
hewn stone;
the blush the iris shows the sun;
the lilac’s pale-remembered bloom.

 

The frenzied fly: mad-lively, gay,
as seconds tick his time away,
his sentence―one brief day in May,

 

a period. And then decay.

A frenzied rhyme’s mad tip-toed time,
a ballad’s languid as the sea,
seek, striving―"immortality.

 

When gloss peels off, what works will shine.
When polish fades, what works will gleam.
When intellectual prattle pales,
the dying buzzing in the hive
of tedious incessant bees,
what works will soar and wheel and dive
and milk all honey, leap and thrive,

 

and teach the pallid poem to seethe.

 

 

Michael R. Burch is the editor of The HyperTexts, on-line at www.thehypertexts.com, where he has published hundreds of poets over the past twenty years. His poetry has been translated into eleven languages and set to music by three composers. A five-time Pushcart nominee, his poems, translations and essays have appeared in hundreds of literary journals, including Light Quarterly, The Lyric, Measure, Iambs & Trochees, Blue Unicorn, The Chariton Review, The Chimaera, Able Muse, Lucid Rhythms, Poem Today, Asses of Parnassus, Writer’s Digest—The Year’s Best Writing and The Best of the Eclectic Muse.

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