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Chancellor Florida State Poets Association
Florida Poet Laureate Volusia County
Winner of 2011 American Poet Prize
Ode to the Heart
In Memory of Fallen Eagle, Zachary Capra, ERAU 2018 *
Heart, do what you do
at times like this
when all that Daedalus
had warned comes true
and Icarus goes tumbling
to the sea. Plump up
your strong defenses
and let a waxed wing
disappear, and let
his angels sing.
* Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) trains hundreds of student pilots each year. A “Fallen Eagle” refers to one who tragically dies in an aircraft accident.
Copyright © 2018 M. B. McLatchey. All rights reserved.
Published in Of Poets & Poetry, 2020, a publication of The Florida State Poets Association.
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