One of my favorite poems ever (there are many, you can’t expect me to pick just one) is Maya Angelou’s “Caged Bird.”  If you haven’t read it, where have you been??  If you have, here it is anyway, from the Poetry Foundation.  You’re welcome.

Caged Bird

BY MAYA ANGELOU

A free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
till the current ends
and dips his wing
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 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.
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.

Maya Angelou, “Caged Bird” from Shaker, Why Don’t You Sing? Copyright © 1983

Being a Sagittarius, freedom is something perennially important to me.  It’s on my mind even more at the moment, since I’m in currently spending time in Europe, a long way from home and yet somehow not so foreign as I’d anticipated.  And of course, as with anything that sparks my curiosity, I write about it.  Rebelle Society just published my latest piece of musing, about freedom, the constraints of normality, and the siren call of the soul.

 

Read the article here, and please take some time to browse the amazing work by my fellow Rebelles!  As always, I greatly appreciate feedback, so don’t be shy with questions, comments, or concerns.

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