Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Landscape with the Fall of Icarus

by William Carlos Williams
From his collection entitled Pictures from Brueghel

Pieter Brueghel, "Landscape with the Fall of Icarus" 

According to Brueghel
when Icarus fell
it was spring

a farmer was ploughing
his field
the whole pageantry

of the year was
awake tingling
near

the edge of the sea
concerned
with itself

sweating in the sun
that melted
the wings' wax

unsignificantly
off the coat
there was

a splash quite unnoticed
this was
Icarus drowning