Maya Angelou

(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)

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I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings


The free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
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  • Richard Thripp (7/25/2014 8:53:00 PM)

    I'd rather stick my hand in a dog's mouth than in a nigger's.
    - Maya Angelou, 'I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, ' Chapter 24 (Report) Reply

  • Hebert Logerie Sr. (5/30/2014 5:49:00 PM)

    Maya, You are now a Free Bird

    African Queen, Afro-American Queen,
    American Queen, Black Queen,
    You are now free, you have escaped,
    You are now crowned, phenomenally draped,
    And beautifully coiffed as a famous Poet,
    Great Lecturer, Mother, Lover, Activist,
    Fighter, Doctor, Nurturer, Philanthropist,
    Philosopher, Engineer of rhymes, and Architect
    Of simple, complicated and powerful words,
    Those are as sharp as our ancestors’ swords.

    You had everything that an amazing woman
    Wanted to possess: pride, confidence, elegance,
    Style, bravery, wit, intelligence, humility and patience.
    You inspired kings, queens, intellectuals and laymen.
    You were, without a doubt, a phenomenal woman,
    A special woman that men and women admired.
    You feared nobody: the racist, the confused, and the liar.
    You feared nothing: weather, water, sand, soil and fire.
    However, you loved everybody: the sick, the weak, and the tired;
    The poor, the homeless, the brave, and the strong.
    Maya, you are now a free bird, please sing the song.
    You have opened the cage, like a bird, you are now free.
    Spread your wings to shower the world with wisdom,
    Love, passion, comprehension, tolerance and liberty.
    Hum again and sing again the beautiful song of freedom.
    African Queen, Afro-American Queen,
    American Queen, Black Queen,
    You have left a phenomenal legacy,
    You will be remembered until eternity.

    Copyright© May 28,2014 Logerie Hébert, All Rights Reserved (Report) Reply

  • Hebert Logerie Sr. (5/30/2014 5:47:00 PM)

    Maya, the Singing Caged Bird Left Quietly
    (Poem dedicated to Paul Laurence Dunbar & Maya Angelou)

    The singing caged bird left quietly this morning.
    Everyone is searching for her, everyone is crying.
    It is always a shock when a special person is gone,
    Death always comes like a loose bullet from a gun.
    Death has an eerie way of shocking and torturing us.
    The only person left who knew the beautiful song
    Of the bird has departed. She is now in the arms of Jesus.
    She is now part of the chorus.
    She is using her tongue
    To recite some unforgettable verses to other great poets,
    Who have welcomed her to a joyful oasis of wonders.
    Let’s celebrate the life of this phenomenal woman,
    Let’s sing and pray for our beloved Maya. Amen!

    Copyright© May 28,2014 Logerie Hébert, All Rights Reserved (Report) Reply

  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (5/29/2014 11:15:00 PM)

    While the world is mourning the death of the great poet Maya Angelou, as a reader having high regard and respect to the poet liked to read and enjoy the great poem with great mission of thoughts and dedicated to the poor all around the world and I experienced a second reading and felt it once more the most interested poem. (Report) Reply

  • Akhtar Jawad (5/29/2014 9:05:00 PM)

    Maya Angelou is no more but her poems are immortal. This poem does not need appreciation from me. Everyone knows Maya and her poems. (Report) Reply

  • Elena Sandu (5/29/2014 8:02:00 PM)

    Lighting a candle
    Trying to send one tiny sparkle
    of gratitude to Maya Angelou, a star
    that shared its light on earth
    for a little while. (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (5/29/2014 3:53:00 PM)

    What a contrast between free bird and caged bird! The contrast between them is wonderfully compared in this clear poem by Maya Angelou! (Report) Reply

  • Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (5/29/2014 10:53:00 AM)

    He singeth best, who loveth best
    True freedom of the skies so blue
    For God who designed our souls as such
    Tuned it to sound beautiful when its free and true............. (Report) Reply

  • Hebert Logerie Sr. (5/28/2014 9:28:00 PM)

    Maya, the Singing Caged Bird Left Quietly

    The singing caged bird left quietly this morning.
    Everyone is searching for her, everyone is crying.
    It is always a shock when a special person is gone,
    Death always comes like a loose bullet from a gun.
    Death has an eerie way of shocking and torturing us.
    The only person left who knew the beautiful song
    Of the bird has departed. She is now in the arms of Jesus.
    She is now part of the chorus.
    She is using her tongue
    To recite some unforgettable verses to other great poets,
    Who have welcomed her to a joyful oasis of wonders.
    Let’s celebrate the life of this phenomenal woman,
    Let’s sing and pray for our beloved Maya. Amen!

    Copyright© May 28,2014 Logerie Hébert, All Rights Reserved (Report) Reply

    Laurie Coleman (5/29/2014 1:52:00 AM)

    Just lovely, Hebert, such a fitting tribute to such a remarkable lady. I have sett her poem, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings to music, just today. It brings me joy to sing her words. So far it is just me and my guitar. Tomorrow I begin on a choral arrangement!

  • Birgitta Heikka (5/27/2014 9:58:00 PM)

    Excellent poem! Experience is the best teacher. (Report) Reply

    Richard Thripp (6/3/2014 9:42:00 AM)

    She propagated abortion: 1,400 black babies daily.
    She supported Winnie Mandela: convicted murderer.
    She embraced de-population via serums.
    Maya Angelou = death

  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (5/15/2014 4:21:00 AM)

    Freedom the birth right of man and when it is denied it is rights violation. The poet takes the subject in its full meaning and made it into world liked poem. (Report) Reply

  • Dr.subhendu Kar (5/12/2014 2:23:00 PM)

    oh what a write of freedom being captive yet craving to curve shape of own god awaking to ensamble, (Report) Reply

  • Alufa Joshua (5/4/2014 2:35:00 AM)

    sharing this poem alone is like making the freedom of heart come to pass........ thanks alot! (Report) Reply

  • * Sunprincess * (4/27/2014 12:16:00 AM)

    ...........a beautiful comparison of those imprisoned and those who are free....truly I would prefer to see a thousand guilty men go free... than see one innocent man in prison.... (Report) Reply

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