Before Sicily



How to measure the fall of Icarus

how to prove Daedalus said

Don’t not perhaps….


The daughters of the king of Sicily

will remember only after Icarus:

will remember only


Daedalus laughs often.




Imagine the boy’s surprise

discovering nothing binds him

to his father—


not wax, not faith.

Imagine his wail as

the distance between


sun and father

son and earth





It was after all only a dance…




Icarus peels from the sky

easy as rind.

The indifferent sun is and is.




Daedalus has a long life in Sicily.

He builds new wings for the king’s daughters.

They dance the sky, Daedalus


shouts: Beware!

Do not go too far over the sea!




Easy as taking off a glove

easy as loose change

Icarus falls


past shoulder

past hip

past knee.


Daedalus resists the urge

to fly faster.




Afterwards the sea looks the same.



Contributor’s Notes: Paulette’s work has previously appeared in Crab Orchard ReviewProvincetown Arts, and Rhino. She has published two chapbooks. Blues for a Pretty Girl is available on Amazon and Voice Lessons is available at Plan B Press. You can find her at