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
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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (11/17/2017 1:59:00 AM)

    Highly imaginative and inspirational poem painted nicely. I quote...
    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.
    Beautiful poem that is why I visited this poem for second time.
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  • Rini Jerry (11/3/2017 10:47:00 AM)

    The caged bird sings with fearful trill
    Free bird thinks of another breeze... So well compared the emotions, in bars for freedom
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  • Sakalabaktula Sairaj (10/19/2017 7:00:00 AM)

    So nice.. carry on frnd (Report) Reply

  • (10/13/2017 4:17:00 AM)

    I am totally captured by the emotions in this one. Beautiful write (Report) Reply

  • Dorina Neculce (9/30/2017 2:38:00 PM)

    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.
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  • Anita Aparajita Das (9/10/2017 10:59:00 AM)

    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.
    Nice poem.
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  • Sabita Sahoo (9/6/2017 1:27:00 PM)

    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.
    A caged bird it is..10++
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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (8/6/2017 10:47:00 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..... great theme. Brilliant poem. Interesting to read.
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  • (7/1/2017 3:56:00 PM)

    Though the poem was poignantly written about racial oppression, the symbolism is comfortably vague enough that a lot of types of oppression could be applied as well. One of the ways I've commonly perceived this poem is in relation to vulnerability (Check out the Brene Brown Ted Talk on vulnerability and shame) , free will, and courage. Sometimes, people clip their own wings, tie their own feet, or life has done this for them but they don't get out for some reason when they have the chance. Sometime they choose their cage, or even build it for themselves. Cages of shame, atrophy, rage and projected blame and frustration. They are conflicted for it, because it goes against the very nature of humanity in some ways to do so, yet is human nature to cage themselves too, it's a dichotomy of human nature. The cage isn't just what keeps them in though, it is also about keeping them safe, what it protects them from - what it keeps out, it's safety to them. Their nightmare screams, their rage blinds them to themselves, binds them to their prison, reinforces it even. Deep down, you can't trust and respect yourself, LOVE yourself, and choose a cage, and people suffer for the schism they endure for that. It's devastatingly sad. Sometimes, instead of bashing themselves against it to get out, they bash you against it trying to pull you in. I've met a few people like this. They talk the talk, *words* of courage, passion, freedom, joy, hope, dignity and ambition, loving and respecting themselves, but they don't walk it, or fly in this case. You can land by them, and invite them out, open the door for them even, but they remain in their prison and scream all the while, taking their rage out on you instead of themselves for their impotence. All they do is stay inside, 'safe', and declare through their bars with a shrill obstinate wail they *are* free - which is a fallacy, they are exercising their free will to be in the cage, but it's not real freedom and they know it deep down. It's the ultimate delusion, from which many delusions follow in order to protect themselves from the fact they are doing it to themselves, their anguish and delusion are symbiotic and always manifest together, as does impotence and projection away from the fact they are responsible to themselves. At some point, you may have to give up on hope of flying with them, respect their free will to choose the course of their lives, respect your own course and ambitions too. You don't have to be a martyr and stunt your own life just to be near though, you don't have to give up your freedom and live and breathe their delusions too, if you love and respect yourself, you'll fight for your open air, sun and wind. You can just fly away, and hope you'll find someone else to fly with you, and focus on all the things to celebrate in life again because you can, and hope you find someone who will join you in your bliss. Because that's what free will demands upon us all in life, and it's up to each of us to answer to it and leverage it how we see fit. They'll probably sing/scream the loudest as you go, because you were as close an approximation to freedom they've had, yet they want to stay in their cage and vicariously bask in your freedom, and as you go out of sight finally back to the open sky it will be terribly painful for them. DO NOT let them clip your wings, tie your feet, or imprison you too in their bars (misery loves company) , some will try to 'keep' you rather than fly with you. Don't let them. If you're lucky, you'll have known what it's like to fly in tandem, love in tandem, thrive in tandem before, and you would never allow for anything to obstruct you from that again, and you'll fly solo until you find that with someone else once more. (Report) Reply

    Onyinye Ibekwe (7/10/2017 7:02:00 AM)

    Awesome... I've never really viewed it like this. I totally agree with you.

  • Adolf Baloyi (6/27/2017 6:05:00 AM)

    Maya still lives on through her words of wisdom-poems (Report) Reply

  • Suresh Raavi (6/24/2017 11:00:00 AM)

    freedom... anybody sings this? great poem (Report) Reply

  • (5/28/2017 5:23:00 PM)

    This lovely (Report) Reply

  • (5/11/2017 5:36:00 PM)

    Beautiful comparison. Lovely writing (Report) Reply

  • (5/11/2017 5:35:00 PM)

    Beautiful comparison. Lovely writing (Report) Reply

  • (4/11/2017 12:30:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem. Women are like birds in cage.. (Report) Reply

  • Taylor H (4/4/2017 10:28:00 AM)

    This poem opens up the realization that some of us are just caged birds. (Report) Reply

  • Brian Mawadri (2/20/2017 4:42:00 PM)

    wonderful poem, it gives the read the embedded image. (Report) Reply

  • (1/27/2017 6:44:00 AM)

    A never-ending ode of human freedom (Report) Reply

  • (1/13/2017 9:17:00 AM)

    she is a beautiful woman (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (12/30/2016 2:07:00 PM)

    tom allport
    even though he is scared. (Report) Reply

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