The Mythological Architect


The poem below  is my contribution to Jingle’s thursday poets’ rally http://jingleyanqiu.wordpress.com/poetry/

A  skilfull craftsman

a clever artisan

the architect in Greek myth

the designer of the labyrinth.

To keep the unwanted Minotaur

the king Minos of Crete

wanted a  labyrinth to be quickly built

and our hero performed the feat.


Yet, the king’s   reward was sour

as he imprisoned the architect and his son

in a high deserted  tower

so the  craftsman ‘s cunning was outdone.

The artisan gathered bird feathers

made use of wax and thread

devised huge  wings of freedom

and up they flew and fled.


The boy  was having too much fun

he  soared higher and higher

alas, the heat of the scorching  sun

melted the wax  from his wings.

The architect watched his son

trying  to go back down

but the damage couldn’t be undone

and the child was doomed to drown.

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can you guess the names of this myth character and his son ?

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