Celebrating A Legend

Dr. Maya Angelou

Icon * Legend * Poetess * Phenomenal Woman * Badass

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I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

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.

 

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8 thoughts on “Celebrating A Legend

  1. I’d heard that she wasn’t doing well but it still came as a shock this morning when I learned the news of her passing. To me she will always be the person who reminded me that I was a Phenomenal Woman ~ she will be truly missed!

  2. Just this weekend I came across a picture of her with Oprah and thought how horrible it would be for O when she passes because they have become so close and she looks up to her as a mentor, friend, and surrogate mother. Then to find out today… My thoughts go out to Ms. Angelou’s family and friends around the world.

  3. What a woman! I was so sad to hear of her passing. As a teen, I discovered her books in the local library and devoured them one after the other. She will be missed but she leaves an amazing legacy.

  4. So beautiful, thank you for posting the whole poem, sad that I’d never read the whole thing before. We’ve all claimed the sky and all had reason to sing for freedom, Ms Angelou told us about ourselves as only a poet can.

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