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Conscience: Poem in Response to Daedalus and Icarus Story

Why I Wrote This Poem

This poem was written in high school for Latin class. In the class we were translating the story of Daedalus and Icarus and one of the homeworks for this section of the class was to develop a poem inspired by the story.


I do not belong here.

My son should not be here with me, trapped.

I must use my mind to escape.

My ability to contort nature will allow us passage.

I will develop a device that will transform nature in our favor.

My device is ready, all systems go.

I give my son my love, I am coming home.

My son and I travel for a distance.

I hear my name in a dreadful scream.

My son has fallen.

I regret my device and wanting to go home.

My home was with my son.

I have now buried my home beneath the tough land.

My duty to my son is gone.

I have lost, what I had wanted, but never found, till now.

Analysis of the Poem

This poem clearly outlines what occurred in the story of Daedalus and Icarus. The final line in the poem summarizes what can be learned from the story.

It acknowledges that people are often blind to the good things they have in life. Often until they lose them while reaching for something else they think they'd rather have.

The poem is also inspired by some lyrics from Major Tom (Coming Home) by Peter Schilling. In high school I listened to this song very often, and I guess it wormed its way into my mind for this assignment.

© 2019 C L Whisper

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