The Beautiful Bird On A Cage - Poem by RIC S. BASTASA

a beautiful bird
is trapped

a boy transports
it in a cage
in their house in the village

the bird is asking some questions:

what crime have i committed
to deserve this sentence? :
is flying a crime?
little boy, do you really need to
keep beauty
inside your cage?

but the boy of course
in his youthfulness
does not care

he does not understand
his parents have not given him the need
to understand all these

his parents too
do not understand what flight is
what rights are
what beauty is
what cages are

and so life goes on and on
with birds inside a cage
boys devising traps
house having cages by their windows
parents proud of their boys
and boys watching the sadness of birds
every morning
in the little village

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, August 8, 2010

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