Mister Icarus

March 7, 2023

The house was, what—a quarter-mile away
           from ours? Elm and green St. Augustine,
two-car mirage. Assortment of machines
           built to persuade weeds with blades. And an airplane.
Well, the start of one—a wooden bird
           born bones-first and growing, rib by moonward
rib. A pterodactyl skeleton.
           A cage to wrap an angel in.

Whose permission are you waiting for?
           How long will you risk not plummeting,
leaving someone else’s hero to the summiting?
           The neighbors—let the neighbors stir.
The grave can have its gravity.
           One bright day, and the garage was empty.