modern suns

I try to think kindly of Icarus,  
waxed feathers and florid heat

melted wax, & boiled tears
he leaned into that bud of sun too far

he believed & the hot rose beckoned
greasing the sky with his epiphany

the oily swathe of his feathered fall
a grim sort of way to be a legend

oh yes, I pity his kind of fame
these days, one tweet can be anyone’s sun

internet platform breeds falling stars
unthinking words slip out, the kick-back

our words judged, the swarm of shame
I try to think kindly of Icarus




Written for NAPOWRIMO Day #27

“Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a “duplex.” A “duplex” is a variation on the sonnet, developed by the poet Jericho Brown. Here’s one of his first “Duplex” poems, and here is a duplex written by the poet I.S. Jones. Like a typical sonnet, a duplex has fourteen lines. It’s organized into seven, two-line stanzas. The second line of the first stanza is echoed by (but not identical to) the first line of the second stanza, the second line of the second stanza is echoed by (but not identical to) the first line of the third stanza, and so on. The last line of the poem is the same as the first.”

17 thoughts on “modern suns

  1. Love your duplex, Worms. You honoured the form so well and I absolutely love the image too – makes you think: is it before or after? The innocent’s sun’s reflection, the water that may have already gulped him or that he’s heading towards, wonderful ❤

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