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Poem: "I Know What the Caged Bird Sings" - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poem: "I Know What the Caged Bird Sings"
This poem comes from yesterday's Poetry Fishbowl; it was inspired by prompts from wyld_dandelyon and mtrose2, and sponsored by mtrose2.


I Know What the Caged Bird Sings


The caged bird sings to the key
with a golden voice,
making it want the lock,
making it wish that it too had wings,
making it regret
that it is made of gold and too heavy to fly.

The lampposts and electric poles of the city
are the bars of a secret cage.
It is always the same city,
its alleys clogged by trash, its speckled wind
plastering newspapers against the walls.
It is always the same singer,
whose hidden feathers are scarlet and blue,
whose song pleads for freedom.

The caged bird sings to the keeper’s heart
with a leaden voice,
making it want something nameless,
making it ache for lack of both thing and name,
making it regret
that it is made of lead and unable to speak.

The sky fills the empty spaces of the cage.
The roads that are the floor of the city
are connected to all the other roads of the world,
like a great mesh of bars mashed flat.
The cage is not a home
but only a place of waiting
until the key and the keeper are broken by the song
and bound to grant release.

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fayanora From: fayanora Date: May 6th, 2009 11:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Beautiful! Haunting!

And speaking of birds, I've seen that blue bird with the grey stripe on its back and the white belly three times in as many days. I wish I knew what kind of bird it was.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: May 7th, 2009 04:42 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

Keep looking in bird identification resources and maybe you'll find it.
mtrose2 From: mtrose2 Date: May 7th, 2009 03:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks :-)
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