Jack Gilbert on flying and failing #poetry #icarus

You know how the “moral” from the myth of Icarus is to not fly too close to the sun? Jack Gilbert has a different view:

Everyone forgets that Icarus also flew.
It’s the same when love comes to an end,
or the marriage fails and people say
they knew it was a mistake, that everybody
said it would never work. That she was
old enough to know better. But anything
worth doing is worth doing badly.

Let’s say that last bit again, ok?

anything
worth doing is worth doing badly.

And, people, the last line:

I believe Icarus was not failing as he fell,
but just coming to the end of his triumph.

For the full text “Failing and Flying” from Refusing Heaven, go to Poetry Foundation.

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