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The Caged Bird Maya Angelou

Added: Thursday, May 16th 2019 at 12:58am by wicklowmick
 
 
 

 

The Caged Bird

 

Maya Angelou

 


 

 

The free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
till the current ends
and dips his wings
in the orange sun rays
and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks
down his narrow cage
can seldom see through
his bars of rage
his wings are clipped and
his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings
with fearful trill
of the things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom

The free bird thinks of another breeze
and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn
and he names the sky his own.

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing

The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.

 

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This poem is very timely for me as my siblings and I take turns tending our elderly mother who seems to be quickly losing her independence/freedom with ill health.  It's breaking her heart which is breaking mine as I watch it all unfold. 

Sorry to hear about your mother Irish, as for the poem, I have been reading it now for the past month or so and find it one of the finest.  She is a fine poet...Mike.

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