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

  • Erfan K (5/19/2020 3:20:00 AM)

    Interesting poem as her other poems(Report)Reply

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  • James G Brennan. (5/18/2020 4:47:00 AM)

    Very insightful poem, very enjoyable.(Report)Reply

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  • Faiyaj Qureshi (4/25/2020 9:48:00 AM)

    BottamilserverIK I like this man real good bruh(Report)Reply

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  • QueenNaa (4/13/2020 12:46:00 PM)

    This poem explains a lot.I love this poem!(Report)Reply

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  • Bobivu (3/31/2020 8:32:00 AM)

    The poem shows good speed I like how it kept flowing too(Report)Reply

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  • Vihaan GuptaVihaan Gupta (3/27/2020 12:39:00 AM)

    An apt corollary of the life during a lockdown. My friend, sanjeev nanda, and I, have been feeling as such, from the last two weeks. Maya Angelou hits it home with the " ...wings are clipped and feet are tied, so he opens his throat to sing" verse. Honestly, because we cannot go out, we're rambling about our conditions online.(Report)Reply

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  • Gangadharan nair pulingat (3/24/2020 6:35:00 AM)

    The Caged bird is a great poem and meaningful, philosophical that likes all(Report)Reply

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  • roshan konkisa (3/21/2020 10:54:00 PM)

    very engaging and interesting poem(Report)Reply

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  • ayisi daniel (3/19/2020 11:14:00 AM)

    Excellent work of literature.(Report)Reply

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  • nantal saty (3/4/2020 2:30:00 AM)

    themes of cage bird(Report)Reply

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  • Leland Blackwell (1/31/2020 5:36:00 PM)

    I love taking sponge baths with dale and Jayden White. Dale gives us the bath.Already ReportedReply

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  • Franklyn OrodeFranklyn Orode (1/24/2020 11:15:00 AM)

    Hey Maya pls check out my poemsAlready ReportedReply

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  • Franklyn OrodeFranklyn Orode (1/24/2020 11:14:00 AM)

    Philosophical poem(Report)Reply

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  • Shaun CronickShaun Cronick (1/1/2020 8:09:00 AM)

    Brilliant. Simply brilliant. And you good Maya are heaven's gain. Your gift enriches our lives.(Report)Reply

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  • Sarah ShahzadSarah Shahzad (12/11/2019 12:51:00 AM)

    This is a very well written poem. I really appreciate it, keep sharing & hey..! ! I love to write as well, :) have my own poetry so please check my site 2 :)(Report)Reply

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  • emmmmersin (11/26/2019 6:47:00 PM)

    oh my gosh this poem is amazing! you should be super proud of your work.(Report)Reply

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  • Reversekiddy (11/13/2019 10:33:00 AM)

    follow me on ig @z_.ayyyyyy sub to my yt channel @Reversekiddy < Also my twitch channel🥵😂Already ReportedReply

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  • Sapien (11/11/2019 7:21:00 AM)

    This is one of those poems that will go down in history. I luv it :)(Report)Reply

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  • bdepp (10/8/2019 1:35:00 PM)

    me 2and so r u hahahahahahahahahahahaAlready ReportedReply

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  • SOO LOOOOOONG GAY BOWSAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA (10/7/2019 8:13:00 AM)

    the caged bird, died cuz a car crashed over it! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !Already ReportedReply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Saturday, March 14, 2015


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