Maya Angelou

(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

The free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
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  • Rookie - 407 Points Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (5/29/2014 10:53:00 AM)

    He singeth best, who loveth best
    True freedom of the skies so blue
    For God who designed our souls as such
    Tuned it to sound beautiful when its free and true............. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,742 Points Hebert Logerie Sr. (5/28/2014 9:28:00 PM)

    Maya, the Singing Caged Bird Left Quietly

    The singing caged bird left quietly this morning.
    Everyone is searching for her, everyone is crying.
    It is always a shock when a special person is gone,
    Death always comes like a loose bullet from a gun.
    Death has an eerie way of shocking and torturing us.
    The only person left who knew the beautiful song
    Of the bird has departed. She is now in the arms of Jesus.
    She is now part of the chorus.
    She is using her tongue
    To recite some unforgettable verses to other great poets,
    Who have welcomed her to a joyful oasis of wonders.
    Let’s celebrate the life of this phenomenal woman,
    Let’s sing and pray for our beloved Maya. Amen!

    Copyright© May 28,2014 Logerie Hébert, All Rights Reserved (Report) Reply

    Rookie Laurie Coleman (5/29/2014 1:52:00 AM)

    Just lovely, Hebert, such a fitting tribute to such a remarkable lady. I have sett her poem, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings to music, just today. It brings me joy to sing her words. So far it is just me and my guitar. Tomorrow I begin on a choral arrangement!

  • Rookie - 663 Points Birgitta Abimbola Heikka (5/27/2014 9:58:00 PM)

    Excellent poem! Experience is the best teacher. (Report) Reply

    Rookie Richard Thripp (6/3/2014 9:42:00 AM)

    She propagated abortion: 1,400 black babies daily.
    She supported Winnie Mandela: convicted murderer.
    She embraced de-population via serums.
    Maya Angelou = death

  • Gold Star - 18,689 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (5/15/2014 4:21:00 AM)

    Freedom the birth right of man and when it is denied it is rights violation. The poet takes the subject in its full meaning and made it into world liked poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 164 Points Dr.subhendu Kar (5/12/2014 2:23:00 PM)

    oh what a write of freedom being captive yet craving to curve shape of own god awaking to ensamble, (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Alufa Joshua (5/4/2014 2:35:00 AM)

    sharing this poem alone is like making the freedom of heart come to pass........ thanks alot! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Bremda Hooks (4/11/2014 10:34:00 PM)

    Our ancestors were 'caged birds' with clipped wings and who sang for freedom. Freedom that 'we' now have, to do our will and fly. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Damo Geka (3/8/2014 12:40:00 PM)

    my Aunty Aria got an awesome twelve month old GMC just by part-time work online... straight from the source http: // (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Callie May (2/17/2014 12:02:00 PM)

    @Patricia Sanders She also said that she wrote some of the parts of the poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Callie May (2/17/2014 11:58:00 AM)

    @Patricia Sanders Maya Angelou did not just steal this idea. In the front of the book she put under ACKNOWLEDGMENTS that the title came from Paul Laurence Dunbar's poem Sympathy. So i suggest that you put a little more research into accusing some one of stealing an idea. She is not saying it was her idea. Maya just simply thought that the title would fit her book. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Bob Mitchell (2/3/2014 6:41:00 PM)

    @Patricia Saunders - Someone (an artist) once said to me 'All art is plagiarism'. No idea is ever pure and free of an artist's own experience and influences. Angelou has deliberately taken Dunbar's poem and done something different with it, and both works stand on their own as good poems, each to be taken on its own merits. (Report) Reply

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