Icarus, Remixed

I was Icarus
with double-edged wings
once upon a time.
The dreamer’s big eyes,
full of flames and longing,
the impetuous nature,
the jazz of my soaring,
all of it
defined me
as the blaring antithesis
to my dad’s son-proofed
set of lockbox rules.
But I got into the groove, boy,
you know I did,
and I gleefully sacrificed my youth
to the incandescent god of cosmic disco
and crapshoots, the one that feeds voraciously
on the hustling of the young, on the ripening
vocabulary of their roots, and living lexicon.
As the legend goes,
I was gobbled up
and spit back into the sea
as singed feathers
and unfulfilled dreams.
My memories, or rather want of memories,
became gurgling pods of sea-foam,
and I became a rote eulogy
on the collective lips
of a conscripted pantheon.
Despite the way
in which it’s been told,
the residual gist of my legend,
there is no moral to be drawn
from my story,
not really.
The moral
is the afterthought,
the wearied tack-on,
it is my father’s noble, outstretched hand
still trying to reach me,
to hold me.
I guess what I’m trying to say is–
I was Icarus
with double-edged wings
once upon a time,
and the claims of my legend
were shaped by a Sun
that deals in fate and destiny,
not meanings,
and I, the boy formerly known as Icarus,
have gotten to live a hundred thousand lives
as a star in a show with a variable script,
and no apparent ending.


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(Image by Henri Matisse)

About John Biscello

Originally from Brooklyn, NY, writer, poet, spoken word performer, and playwright, John Biscello now lives in Taos, New Mexico. He is the author of three novels: Broken Land, a Brooklyn Tale, Raking the Dust, and Nocturne Variations, and a collection of stories, Freeze Tag. His fiction and poetry has appeared in: Art Times, nthposition, The Wanderlust Review, Ophelia Street, Caper, Polyphony, Dilate, Militant Roger, Chokecherries, Farmhouse, BENT, The 555 Collective, Instigator, Brass Sopaipilla, The Iconoclast, Adobe Walls, Kansas City Voices, and the Tishman Review. His blog--Notes of an Urban Stray--can be read at johnbiscello.blogspot.com. Broken Land, a Brooklyn Tale was named Underground Book Reviews 2014 Book of the Year.
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