Treasure Island

Gedion Onyango


A Free Living


I wish I could live like a free bird

Not a scavenging vulture, but a non-edible bird

Not like a village eagle who steals and eats little cocks and hens

And not like a parrot that keeps imitating my actions

But a free bird

Not like a proud ostrich or like tick eating egrets

But a free bird

So that I can fly around without fear of darkness

Or of the light…. or of the thickness in the forest

Or of the wicked hunter, hunger and hounds of state boundaries

Or of anger, hatred and discrimination

Or of my color and barrenness of an identity

Or of political mimicks and violence

But a free bird

So that I can swim, fly and relax, close my eyes and sniff

The cooling breeze from the quiet waters

Just a lovely and a colorful beautiful bird

That! Is my wish for a free living!

Submitted: Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Edited: Tuesday, January 21, 2014

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