Tuesday, 5 April 2016

D is for Daedalus



is for Daedalus' Design




Daedalus’ design

Daedalus was a smart and sharp chap;
boy, could he build a maze and set a trap!
Not the brothers Wright,
humankind’s first flight
was devised by Daed without a single app.

Daed and son were imprisoned by the king
for an offence that somehow involved a string.
I know! it sounds insane,
who can fathom a monarch’s brain?
But giving up was not quite Daedalus’ thing.

Escape wasn’t an option, land or sea
the king had them monitored equally.
But Daed put together
wax, wood and feather
and hatched a plan to wing it to Italy.

“I do believe I can finally fly,”
he flapped the wings and gave them a try,
“here, you take your pair,”
and the son took to the air
but he didn’t listen and flew too high.


It doesn’t do to fly too close to the sun
whether you are a prince or a prisoner’s son;
each silver line has a cloud
and Daed spelled it out loud,
but would that moron pay heed and listen?


For all his smarts Daed was a luckless man -
undone by son as only progeny can;
the clown took an upswing
and the sun melted his wings.
He crashed and ruined a flawless escape plan.


Listen up when dad’s talking, teens and kids -
there’s a reason why he forbids what he forbids.
Sometimes you’re good to go
when your profile’s duly low,
no point turning the wax in your wings liquid.







D is also for Deeper : Unlike the previous years, my involvement in the A-Z is Deeper this time.  HonoureD, and beyonD pleaseD, to be a Ninja Minion in Ninja Captain Alex J Cavanaugh's team.  In seriously exalteD company! and loving every minute of it.


A Ninja Minion!


D is also for Disclaimer: which I am forceD to aDD because I am getting increasingly alarmeD at comments here claiming to have 'learnt' something from the limericks.  

Dear reaDers, the limericks are strictly for laughs, and the manufacturer will not assume any responsibility whatsoever for misuse towards eDucational or informational or any other irrational purposes, and your warranty is null and voiD if the product is mishanDled. There are no lessons to be Drawn here. 

However, if you are looking for lessons, I strongly recommenD you look through the A-Z sign-up list, there are bloggers who are Dispensing knowleDge on a minD boggling range of topics, from Decorating your home to rescuing Dogs; from interpreting Dreams to Dealing with Domestic abuse; from the history of Sci-fi to the etymology of unusual worDs. Reading them can seriously expanD your horizons!



Posted for the A-Z Challenge 2016



55 comments:

  1. A Delightful take on a familiar story.

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    1. The olD familiar ones from childhooD are the ones that Delight the most, Don't you think? :)

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  2. Daedalus teaches a lesson ... You might be interested in looking into my I. I like Ierapetra ...

    Claudia - www.claowuepotpourri.wordpress.com

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    1. Daedalus faileD to teach the lesson, saDly for both the father n son. I will be keeping an eye out for your Ierapetra...

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    2. I put a link to your D - Daedalus to my I - Iearapetra. I hope this is o.k.?!

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    3. Yes of course. Thanks for sharing. The Icarian Sea is quite close to Ierapetra I think, due North-ish, not that my Geography isn't also a G-

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  3. Nicely done. It's been a long time since mythology class, but I remember this guy. :)
    Discarded Darlings

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    1. Yeah, agree. The further back it is the more clearly I remember.

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  4. That was really clever! Oh, but kids still never listen.

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    1. Especially the teenagers, I suspect.

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  5. Wow. That's a lot of 'D's.

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  6. Now I get why my kids sing their rhymes over and over... there is something soothing about rhyming words. I love it. So good.


    D is for diapers

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    1. Rhyme is a mnemonic, and poetry for that reason predates literacy. That's why we have epics written in verse

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  7. The young want to surpass the old (or parents), or how else to prove each generation is better? This was D-vine. Even if I didn't learn anything except that you are witty and tricky with words.

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    1. True DG. And if all kids always listened to their parents we would get boring cookie cutter generations one after the other, nothing ventured nothing gained, but so difficult for parents to stand by and let children take risks too!

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    2. It's always the same, since the old time, isn't it? My Dad once had a book once with a quote how bad the youth is behaving... - It was from one of the old Greek Philosophers ;-)

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  8. LOL!!! Love the disclaimer :) And the limerick is superb, as ever. Don't get me wrong now....I didn't learn anything...I promise.. LOL!!! Great post. Thank you.

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    1. So relieved! that you only laughed and did not learn anything :) thank you for following the manufacturer's instructions

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  9. Nila, I LOVED it!
    ...and the disclaimer had me in stitches!
    I think you are having the MOST fun in this challenge!
    Writer In Transit

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    1. :D

      I'll admit I'm having lots...good to give the usual melancholia the boot

      and absolutely had to add the disclaimer, coz folks thought I was giving history lessons or something just because I mentioned Caligula, oof! Very uncomfortable feeling, makes me feel like an impostor :)

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  10. Poor D and D Jr! This was super fun! I remembered where I'd read about this guy...Greek Mytho of course! The Disclaimer takes the cake though!
    Cheers Nila :)
    @KalaRavi16 from
    Relax-N-Rave

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    1. I'm not sure I can remember where I came across them first, been a long time. Glad you liked the post and the disclaimer is serious stuff :)

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  11. That is another brilliant poem, thanks for sharing this talent!
    Open Minded Mormon A-Z

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  12. I enjoyed reading this poem and the Shoutout to the other blogs in the challenge as well.

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  13. Thanks for visiting @ Duncan D Horne n the Mommies Review

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  14. Hello, fellow Ninja Minion! Fun poem. I'm enjoying reading your posts.

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    1. Good to see you here Fellow Ninja Minion! :) thanks, glad you enjoyed the poem.

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  15. clever verse. You put me to shame. And yes, though we want to soar, best to stay a little closer to the ground. Or use sunscreen!

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    1. Sunscreen is a must! Flying low or high. And maybe take along a wide brimmed hat as well :)

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  16. Could have sworn I'd been here and commented but it was late at night and maybe I was dreaming. LOL

    Happy April 5th!
    Ninga Minion @YolandaRenee from
    Defending The Pen
    Parallels
    Murderous Imaginings

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    1. I thought I saw you here too! That's strange...the A-Z track is playing tricks on us :D

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  17. I was the editor of my campus literary magazine in college and its title was ICARUS. That was a long time ago but I love your poem and the reminder.

    Meet My Imaginary Friends
    #AtoZchallenge http://www.kathleenvalentineblog.com/

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    1. He does have quite a few things named after him, poor chap!

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    1. Your comment is most appropriate for this D-day!

      Peace be on you too.

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  19. You had me giggling by the fourth line :D And I love the wrap-up "morale": listen to Dad, dudes. Excellent take on D, and on Daedalus (whose story has been among my favorites since I learned to read).

    Thanks for the visit over at Life In Dogs ; I'm so glad you're enjoying the posts :)

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    1. I got introduced to them pretty early too, can't remember now when exactly..glad you enjoyed the entry.

      Your posts are not just enjoyable, but also in a good cause. Hope they get the wide exposure they deserve.

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  20. Delightful. So glad I stopped by to visit you on D!

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  21. An interesting D Day Post!!!

    Ashmita Chatterjee
    chaoticsoulzzz.wordpress.com

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    1. Thanks much for the link. glad you enjoyed the post.

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  22. I know this story! This was fun to read!

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    1. Yup, known and read worldwide..and still relevant today as all good stories are.

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  23. I've been interested in ol' Daddy Daed since seeing him as a character in a cartoon from the early 1960s!

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    1. I didn't know Daddy Daed was a cartoon character as well, how interesting!

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    2. Daedalus appeared as a recurring villain in a cartoon series called The Mighty Hercules. (NOT the Disney movie. This series came out in the early 1960s.)

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  24. Ha, fabulous fun! I love limericks. ~Liz http://www.lizbrownleepoet.com

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  25. A sad tale. Kids need to heed the positive advice of their parents.

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    1. ...but they rarely do! sometimes with dreadful consequences like Icarus..

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  26. that's a tale that never goes out of date...

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    1. That's the hallmark of a great story, isn't it? Read through millennia...talk about best sellers! :)

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  27. This one certainly tickeleD my funny bone. Thanks for the laugh and a salute for the awesome poem
    @mysilverstreaks from
    Storiesandmore

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