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Reprimand to a scientist

It would have been wise of you

to send away your son at night.

But in your own construction once again

you twist and bend and lose your chance

to be wise in every turn.

Immersed in cryptic diagrams

and secret trigonometries

you could not see that feathers,

wax, and muscles ripe

would not have been enough

for someone as young as Icarus

and as determined to escape a world

that kept him in a vast, labyrinthine darkness.

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Relevant links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daedalus
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Icarus_(mythology)

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Helle’s flight

Poseidon’s eyes are on you

riding his magical offspring

and, maybe stirred by jealousy

or by divine lust,

he beckons.

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You dig a pale soft hand

into the golden curls,

squeezing onto your brother with the other

while you turn towards the shore

that was your land.

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You try to steal one last glimpse

–your father’s house, a chimney’s smoke,

the grave of your mother, but

that golden ram flies too fast

–Poseidon still beckons.

.

You know this is no ordinary ride.

It takes away all memories

and leaves behind a gilded trail;

a promise of riches starting all

the bloody give and take.

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And in that trail you see the ghosts

of future heroes; murder of children,

burned down walls and untold pain.

Your tears now fill that gilded trail

and to Poseidon you surrender.

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Context: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Fleece#Synthesised_plot_synopsis