I know why the caged bird sings by Maya Angelou

A free bird leaps on the back
Of the wind and floats downstream
Till the current ends and dips his wing
In the orange suns 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 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.

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.

English: Caged bird, Ward Park As well as the ...

English: Caged bird, Ward Park As well as the many free to roam around the grounds, Ward Park in Bangor also has many exotic caged birds. This is a budgerigar. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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7 thoughts on “I know why the caged bird sings by Maya Angelou

  1. Oh my gosh that is beautiful! Sad though… My dad once saved a mynah from certain death. He took the bird in, nursed it back to health, and once the bird was better, set it free again. Two days later, that bird was back. Never left aince then…

    But again, this poem is simply gorgeous. Yes. It is worth repeating! Thanks for sharing!

    • I love this poem… and today is a poetry kind of day. It is beautiful. I’m glad your dad saved it. I tried once to save a big bird, not sure what kind it was.. it was big and offwhite and talked.. and when it tried to eat my finger… I said.. nope.. and ran..lol

      • Yeah, some birds just do not understand a helping hand when it encounters one. It’s first reaction? BITE! BITE! NYAHAHAH! BITE.

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