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I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

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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.

 

 

Bob Dylan and Maya Angelou among Medal of Freedom honorees - Pop2it - Zap2it

 

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_Day_(South_Africa)

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This is beautiful - no bird should spend his entire life in a cage or an aviary! They were given wings for a purpose and even The Beak is allowed to fly and wander around our garden.

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This is beautiful - no bird should spend his entire life in a cage or an aviary! They were given wings for a purpose and even The Beak is allowed to fly and wander around our garden.

Would imagine that any bird or other animal living with you and Mr A would be living a life of freedom and love!

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Thanks, MsPlod. The Beak is now trying to climb up my leg - wish he'd go back and wade around the garden.

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