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Carol Fleming Klein


Free Bird


Your fleeting touch
awakens once more
the freedom cry
in my songbird throat

Only a voice
once caged
sings as sweetly
of free air

Torn
between
security
and the open door
I
linger

But your transient touch
urges
my sleeping wings
to
soar
again.

Tuesday, January 25,1995

Submitted: Thursday, January 23, 2014
Edited: Friday, March 28, 2014

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

This poem was a reflection of my husband's impact on me, shortly after we met; how he encoouraged me to look higher and farther, to be hopeful, and to dream again.

When I wrote it I had read the title of Maya Angelou's book, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, although not the poem. The image stuck with me and is echoed in the metaphor of this poem.

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  • Khairul Ahsan (1/24/2014 12:19:00 AM)

    This is a nice poem, in appreciation of a loving, caring and appreciative husband. Love it. And thanks for the 'Poet's Notes'
    If you have time, I'll appreciate if you would read, rate and comment on some of my poems. I have a natural fascination for birds. In many of my poems you will find the mention of birds and their ways of life as a natural reference. (Report) Reply

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