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Maya Angelou - I know why the caged bird sings

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.

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Poet: Maya Angelou
Poem: I know why the caged bird sings
Poem of the Day: May 8 2007

Comment 513 of 513, added on December 20th, 2014 at 5:02 PM.
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Comment 512 of 513, added on December 17th, 2014 at 10:49 PM.
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Comment 511 of 513, added on December 17th, 2014 at 2:48 PM.
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eLlOSQ Major thanks for the article.Much thanks again. Keep writing.

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