Caged Bird Poem by Maya Angelou

Caged Bird

Rating: 4.5


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 OF THE POEM
Hebert Logerie Sr. 30 May 2014

Maya, You are now a Free Bird African Queen, Afro-American Queen, American Queen, Black Queen, You are now free, you have escaped, You are now crowned, phenomenally draped, And beautifully coiffed as a famous Poet, Great Lecturer, Mother, Lover, Activist, Fighter, Doctor, Nurturer, Philanthropist, Philosopher, Engineer of rhymes, and Architect Of simple, complicated and powerful words, Those are as sharp as our ancestors’ swords. You had everything that an amazing woman Wanted to possess: pride, confidence, elegance, Style, bravery, wit, intelligence, humility and patience. You inspired kings, queens, intellectuals and laymen. You were, without a doubt, a phenomenal woman, A special woman that men and women admired. You feared nobody: the racist, the confused, and the liar. You feared nothing: weather, water, sand, soil and fire. However, you loved everybody: the sick, the weak, and the tired; The poor, the homeless, the brave, and the strong. Maya, you are now a free bird, please sing the song. You have opened the cage, like a bird, you are now free. Spread your wings to shower the world with wisdom, Love, passion, comprehension, tolerance and liberty. Hum again and sing again the beautiful song of freedom. African Queen, Afro-American Queen, American Queen, Black Queen, You have left a phenomenal legacy, You will be remembered until eternity. Copyright© May 28,2014 Logerie Hébert, All Rights Reserved

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FN 20 October 2021

Verbose!

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Sylvia Frances Chan 01 February 2022

SCHADE! The great poetess just died on the 28th May 2014 and you wrote this after that day, so very pity, I have known her personally and have met her in the USA, she IS a very loving person and with so much humor

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Anisha Subba 08 December 2012

I really luv dis poem...it makes me appreciate Freedom

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*~aubrey~* 3 07 December 2012

3rd stanza needs an edit... ~***~ On the distant hill For the caged bird Sings of freedom ~***~ But lovely poem anyways :)

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Charmaine Burke 21 May 2022

Strong, sad images with an anger leaking through.....

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Aishwarya 17 May 2022

Even if im a teenager..i understand every feeling the poet wants to convey through each word of the poem..indeed its heart touching! Who else loved it? ?

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This was very emotional, I felt every word as I read and I couldn't help but read it aloud. I love your work

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