• Jennifer Holmes

Are You Failing Or Flying?


Failing and Flying Copyright © 2005 Jack Gilbert. From Refusing Heaven, 2005

"Everyone forgets that Icarus also flew. It’s the same when love comes to an end,

or the marriage fails and people say they knew it was a mistake,

that everybody said it would never work. That she was old enough to know better.

But anything worth doing is worth doing badly.

...I believe Icarus was not failing as he fell, but just coming to the end of his triumph."



I LOVE THIS. If I could only learn to feel this way about all of my wild ideas and flights of fancy. Not a failure, just a triumph that, well, came to an abrupt and beautiful conclusion....Hmmmm.

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