Maya Angelou

(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings


The free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
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  • Rookie - 569 Points Juwon Daniel (1/12/2015 10:25:00 AM)

    cage bird sings for freedom, sounds great for the finishing, I throw you a kudos. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 746 Points Lubinda Lubinda (12/24/2014 6:21:00 PM)

    Wow, what beautifully written Poetry, freedom is indeed one of those things we take for granted sometimes because we are free but what strikes me the most about this poem is how she depicts illustrates the caged birds song... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 443 Points Abegail Kyla Bilan (12/10/2014 6:09:00 AM)

    It draws a very nice picture in my mind. It opens my heart and gives impact more maybe on the readers. I also get new techniques in writing poems by just reading it and most of all, it's now one of my favorites :)) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sharon Kiprono (8/16/2014 5:36:00 PM)

    Im trying to figure out why many people here do not like some of the comments posted by Mayas readers????? (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 75 Points Ishita Chakrabarty (8/15/2014 2:26:00 AM)

    But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams- Yet the bird chirps and sings of freedom, freedom that it can never attain yet hoping just the same :) (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,695 Points 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

  • Freshman - 1,695 Points 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

  • Gold Star - 18,098 Points 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

  • Gold Star - 20,492 Points 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

  • Freshman - 1,148 Points 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

  • Rookie - 459 Points 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

  • Rookie - 394 Points 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

  • Freshman - 1,695 Points 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

    Rookie 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!

  • Rookie - 663 Points Birgitta Abimbola Heikka (5/27/2014 9:58:00 PM)

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

    Rookie 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

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