Window seeming there

sun beyond as though

some friendly uncle


nearness of sky

measured in a boy’s mind


such Icarus


a soaring miscalculation

of wing wax feather


upward to touch

an uncensored radiance,

abolish all shadow

of earth.


I don’t care what the moral


just the reach into freedom’s


for the prize,

sky sea earth

a piece of art

frame ready..


Doug Bolling’s poetry has appeared widely in literary reviews including Georgetown Review,Blue Unicorn, Slipstream, Tribeca Poetry Review, Iodine Poetry Journal, Wallace Stevens Journal, Marginalia, Indefinite Space and Water-Stone Review among
others. He has received four Pushcart Prize nominations. After teaching in several colleges and universities, he currently lives in Flossmoor, Illinois, in the greater Chicago area.