Reginald Francois

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I Know Why A Cage Bird Sings


Locked up and Shackle
But no chains to tackle
Try to speak
Am I really so weak
Try to write
But only darkness, my light

I know why a cage bird sings

Words once rolled like thunder
Now silent like a baby slumber
No paper for my expression
Paper but no pen for the lesson

I know why a cage bird sings

Sentences on paper like the page is blank
Emptiness and despair is all I drank
Unable to perceive what really is true
Once considered the best, my question, what to do?

I know why a cage bird sings

No one holding, no one stopping
The horrors in my mind, causing my failing
I am my destruction
Like monstrous volcano with no eruption

I know why a cage bird sings

I long for freedom
My words are my crown, my kingdom
My words taken away only by me
I need to be strong so I can be free

I know why a cage bird sings

A song so sweet to the ear
Unable to move, brings only a tear
This is how I feel inside
Trapped in my body, tortured along ride

I know why a cage bird sings

Submitted: Monday, January 17, 2011

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  • Rookie - 299 Points Adeline Foster (2/7/2012 4:29:00 PM)

    To paraphrase a famous poem that we cannot help but all love. Still you have carried it off well. Read mine - A Small Ship -
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