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Landscape with the Fall of Icarus by William Carlos Williams by Jana Grohnert

According to Brueghel
                                    the class

when Icarus fell
it was clear
                                    there was a lot more going on

a farmer was ploughing
his field
                                     in obsolete military garb

the whole pageantry
with itself
                                    yes, but –

                                    what about the shepherd
                                    the bollock dagger
                                    and is that

                                    a dead sheep
                                    down there
                                    in the bushes?

                                    who cares about
the wing’s wax

                                    there is no grass
                                    where the sheep
                                    are grazing

                                    and the farmer
                                    is a demoted soldier                   
                                    by the look of things.

                                     there was
                                     another story

this was                        presumption
                                     which led to

Icarus drowning
                                    in the first place