Maya Angelou

(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)

Caged Bird - Poem by Maya Angelou

The free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
till the current ends
and dips his wings
in the orange sun rays
and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks
down his narrow cage
can seldom see through
his bars of rage
his wings are clipped and
his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings
with fearful trill
of the things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom

The free bird 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.

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing

The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.


Comments about Caged Bird by Maya Angelou

  • (9/3/2018 8:06:00 AM)


    It’s such a sad poem a people whom never known freedom the cage bird sings. (Report) Reply

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  • (8/23/2018 11:55:00 AM)


    thank you for sharing (Report) Reply

  • (8/21/2018 6:08:00 AM)


    it’s speaking about racial oppression (Report) Reply

  • (7/8/2018 6:49:00 PM)


    the caged bird is a bird whose souls dna is changed by the hatred thrust upon her in the name of peace on earth and africa. predators cage the bird, like you did (Report) Reply

  • (6/28/2018 1:54:00 PM)


    I like still I rise cause it takes me back home in the country (Report) Reply

  • (6/28/2018 4:50:00 AM)


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  • (6/26/2018 2:34:00 PM)


    This is a great poem for those who feel enslaved by others and long for freedom. It is tragic and unfortunately what can happen to media and artists who criticize various government officials around the world. Bondage and suppression and repression of rights and freedoms still happens globally and the inequality of economy and political power happens in many developing third world countries. (Report) Reply

  • Jez Brul (6/23/2018 6:02:00 PM)


    The essence of freedom is vividly conveyed in this heart-touching poem..💗GREAT ONE. (Report) Reply

  • (6/21/2018 5:03:00 AM)


    I feel the plight of the said caged bird. Great thought through Poem. (Report) Reply

  • (6/14/2018 8:06:00 AM)


    Amazing poem ...loved it ... Quite inspiring (Report) Reply

  • (6/3/2018 1:54:00 AM)


    I love this. It speaks from the heart. (Report) Reply

  • Dorina Neculce (6/1/2018 10:48:00 AM)


    The caged bird sings
    with fearful trill
    of the things unknown
    but longed for still
    and his tune is heard
    on the distant hill
    for the caged bird
    sings of freedom
    (Report) Reply

  • (5/22/2018 11:18:00 AM)


    😎 whaaaaaaaaaaaaaat (Report) Reply

  • (5/17/2018 4:34:00 AM)


    Absolutely amazing, a sheer masterpiece in poetic design. Spider-Man dies in Infinity War... (Report) Reply

    (5/21/2018 7:20:00 AM)

    I didn't want to go...

  • Britte Ninad (5/16/2018 1:02:00 AM)


    But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
    his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
    his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
    so he opens his throat to sing'

    Here I find her own power of rising...
    (Report) Reply

  • (5/15/2018 11:06:00 PM)


    I support Goebbels but hitler is a horrible man (Report) Reply

    (5/15/2018 11:07:00 PM)

    This is America

  • (5/15/2018 7:31:00 PM)


    I like bacon and mr jarman (Report) Reply

  • (5/15/2018 6:48:00 PM)


    my mum is a milf and I like minecraft (Report) Reply

  • (5/9/2018 10:46:00 AM)


    Hi
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    (Report) Reply

  • (5/8/2018 4:23:00 AM)


    Another great! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Saturday, March 14, 2015


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