Treasure Island

john tiong chunghoo

(Jan 21,1960 / NEW YORK)

I know why the caged bird sings


i know why the caged bird sings
it is the only thing it can do
to cheer up the day

the way i write this poem
the only thing i enjoy
to rev up the day

if the day is the cage
that releases this heart
to pen this poem
i would rather be with you
a poem a day to cheer up world

bars do not cages make
they do say and yes
the freest in the street
may be flying into cages

but like a bird, i would sing my songs
to the world each day to help
the caged find a way out of their blues

Submitted: Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Edited: Tuesday, September 07, 2010

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