I enjoyed this poem quite a bit. For this mythical legend to be so sidelined by a farmer ploughing a field. It is spring and everything is waking and parading its newfound life about and through all this the fall of icarus goes on unnoticed by all this new life “awake tingling near the edge of the sea concerned with itself sweating in the sun that melted the wings wax”. All this life going on at the edge of the water in bright daylight as a legend falls to its death. The poem is simple and that is what makes it so powerful. All this simple language to describe life makes the unnoticed plight of Icarus stand out all the more. “A splash quite unnoticed this was Icarus drowning”.
There is actually a scene in Cloverfield that is very reminiscent of this poem, actually kind of uncanny. There is a scene at the end of the movie after the monster has destroyed New York. A home video of the main character and his girlfriend from before the monster attacks. They are at Coney Island or some other boardwalk type attraction and are laughing and having fun and in the far corner of a shot there is a splash in the water. The splash was of a satellite that fell. And shortly after that splash a monster came.
I don’t really have a point with that story. Just came to mind and thought I’d share it.