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failing and flying

11/14/12 , , , , , , , ,

in “failing and flying,” poet jack gilbert provides some nice perspective on failure (in general, but also specific to love) using excellent writing and the myth of icarus.  via poets.org:

Failing and Flying
by Jack Gilbert

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.
Like being there by that summer ocean
on the other side of the island while
love was fading out of her, the stars
burning so extravagantly those nights that
anyone could tell you they would never last.
Every morning she was asleep in my bed
like a visitation, the gentleness in her
like antelope standing in the dawn mist.
Each afternoon I watched her coming back
through the hot stony field after swimming,
the sea light behind her and the huge sky
on the other side of that. Listened to her
while we ate lunch. How can they say
the marriage failed? Like the people who
came back from Provence (when it was Provence)
and said it was pretty but the food was greasy.
I believe Icarus was not failing as he fell,
but just coming to the end of his triumph.

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There is a wonderful painting of Icarus I saw somewhere – perhaps in Italy? It shows horror on Daedalus and a smile on the face of Icarus as he fell, the country scene below carrying on as normal. It left a permanent impression on me for life. Freedom, flight, all in one… failure was not on his mind.

myatheistlife

11/14/12

yeah he was too pleased with what he tried/accomplished to worry about failure or how outsiders (in this case, his father but also most critics of the myth) viewed him. refreshing.

do you remember the name of that painting/artist? i wanna check it out.

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11/14/12

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