We’re at the tail end of our winter break from school. I was more productive than I thought I would be! I ended up revising a bunch of my recent poems as well as writing some new ones. My main theme and interest continues to be Greek myths. I’m looking forward to returning to my class of second graders and sharing some of my recent works since we will be starting a unit on Greek mythology.
My other creative side also took over. Last year I created pirate props like cannons, gibbets and a couple ship’s wheels. This past week I made a pair of wings to go with the poem about Icarus. They’re pretty good and sturdy but I never claimed to be a fine artist!
I’m sure a few of the kids will get a kick out of trying them out!Here’s the poem they accompany:
Our dearest darling Icarus,
so carefree and impetuous,
was made two wings to soar on high,
up to where the eagles fly.
His adoring father, Deadalus,
said he’d soar like Pegasus.
So Icarus chose to have some fun
and flew up near the blazing sun.
Since Deadalus used a simple wax,
to affix the feathers and seal the cracks,
the wings began to melt and droop
as the wilting wax turned into goop.
Icarus plunged into the sea,
an unfortunate catastrophe.
Because he was nowhere to be found
Deadalus knew his son had drowned.
But the boy was not alone to blame,
his pop’s design was rather lame.
Alas, the lad would not be dead
if his dad used Super-Glue instead!
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