We can’t blame Helios for burning at full swelter,
as he has always done.
Dedalus may have made the wings but Icarus was drawn,
like all who followed
sun or moon or Mars and tumbled helter-skelter,
mystified by darkness,
dazzled by light and heat, aiming for the unknown.
We neglected the familiar,
colour-blind to Earth and the beauty that she shelters,
that humans can win the race that we must always run.
But when forced to take a breath
while Mother Earth reflects and re-adjusts her filter,
we never cease to worship and be glamoured by the sun.
Kim M. Russell, 4th July 2020
My response to earthweal open link weekend #27
I took my title from Brendan’s weekend essay. To all my friends in the US, have a peaceful Fourth of July.