Jason Gray, “Ganymede’s Fall”

Icarus cried!

Olympus cages his Ganymede

His cup forever empty

In Zeus’ prison

Surrounded by clouds and sunlight

Despite his prayers

Zeus never released his love

          And so he crafted wings of wax,

          Taking flight into the sky

          That stole from him

          And yet it steals again

          For the sun turned his wax to water

          And as Icarus fell,

          Ganymede fell with him

                    Rejecting the gods, and accepting mortal love


Jason Gray is a 15 year old black, gay, transgender boy who uses poetry to communicate and open minds to a new way of thinking. Ganymede’s Fall is about rejecting heterosexuality, even if it may benefit him, for the man he loves.