MAYA ANGELOU

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Caged Bird

A free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
till the current ends
and dips his wing
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 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.
BY MAYA ANGELOU

For a long time in my younger years I was involved in civil rights movement… A supporter of anti-apartheid groups, rock against racism, anti-fascist groups. In the sixties, as a young boy, I was appalled by images of groups attacking school kids being bussed to schools in the U.S.A, where groups of adults would attack their buses with bricks and stones etc. This poem by Maya Angelou, perfectly describes Why.

Dale

5 thoughts on “MAYA ANGELOU

  1. Oh, Dale! I knew I liked you immediately but you just grow more impressive with each day. Your heart, your talent and your love of family is uplifting in this crazy world. Thanks for being you!

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