Jonathan Taylor



Daedalus After Knossos

The maze is now a seashell’s
spiral threaded by an ant,
a miniature Ariadne
searching for honey,

as if sun-touching ambitions
are drowned in an ocean
and grief has compacted
Daedalian ingenuity
to an ever-diminishing point,

the minutiae of mourning
over three thousand years
reaching sub-atomic level,
a labyrinth of quantums
in which you are finally lost
and all of us are threadless.




Jonathan Taylor‘s books include the novel Melissa (Salt 2015), the memoir Take Me Home (Granta, 2007), and the poetry collection Musicolepsy (Shoestring, 2013). He directs the MA in Creative Writing at the University of Leicester. He lives in Leicestershire with his wife, the poet, Maria Taylor, and their twin daughters, Miranda and Rosalind. His website is


Note: Following the death of his son, Daedalus settled in Sicily. He was discovered there by King Minos when he was asked to solve a riddle: how to thread a spiral seashell. To do this, he tied a piece of string round an ant, and lured the ant through the shell by placing honey at the other end.

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