Author: Paulette Beete

 1.

 

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.

 

2.

 

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

crescendos.

 

3.

 

It was after all only a dance…

 

4.

 

Icarus peels from the sky

easy as rind.

The indifferent sun is and is.

 

5.

 

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!

 

6.

 

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.

 

7.

 

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 www.thehomebeete.com.

You have it all wrong.

She hungered his howl & hiss.

 

He was a way out.

He promised to fuck her

 

in the places she couldn’t

bear to be touched.

 

Everywhere she was skin.

Everywhere she was nerve.

 

His anger a relief, a release for

the rage ripening in her virgin belly.

 

She wanted to tattoo

even his bones with her teeth.

 

Persephone danced in each one of his shadows,

praying with hip thrust, gyrating waist.

 

She burned her bra, her panties too,

urging him to rip her to

 

a million unnumbered pieces.

As for the pomegranate?

 

She did eat only six seeds—

(He needed the rest he said)

 

One for each burning thrust

that turned her to ash

 

set her finally free.

 

Contributor’s Notes: Paulette’s work has previously appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Provincetown 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 www.thehomebeete.com.