Samantha Campbell

(July 2 1979 / ohio)

The Caged Bird and I


He Let His Song Get Sung
Through an Open Throat and
Clipped Wings

Wishing to Free His Feet
That Once We're Tied

I Heard This Song
Of Loneliness
Fill the Blue
of His Gray Skies
Fear and Violence
Filling His Cage

Angrily Flustering about
Till I saw the Look in his eyes

A Peacock Caged like a Crow
Glistening Within the Mirrors of His Soul
His Fearful Song Became so Much More

I Freed Him That Afternoon
Seeing Such Beauty
Stretch and Be as Deemed
Burdens Banned
Misery Misplaced
Fear Falsely Fixed
Free As he

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

As He Sings
Sweetly To Me
The Caged Bird
Embraces Me
A Phoenix in Disguise
As in the Death of Imprisonment
A Rebirth Commences

Not His But Mine
The Caged Bird and I
Freely soaring
Kissing clouds
And Thinking about
the Next Gust of Wind
Till the Directions Change
We Fly Side by Side
Rebirth of Beauties Perceptions

In Love With Freedom
The Caged Bird Sang
and Took Me Away
in his Gloom
Night Became Day
As My Heart Too
Sang His Tune

Love Freed
The Caged Bird and I

By Samantha Campbell

Submitted: Monday, June 11, 2012

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

Kudos to Maya Angelou's 'I know Why The Caged Bird Sings'
and Paul Lawrence Dunbar's 'Sympathy' for inspiring this poem

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