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 Alexis Pacheco (7/2/2013 7:16:00 AM)

    Not bad... it.was not bad at all (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Karthik Ramanathan (6/30/2013 5:03:00 PM)

    I love this chick, she is really is the bee's knees. :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Luciana Isabelle (6/29/2013 6:44:00 AM)

    beautifully written. loved it [3 (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 52 Points Deborah Cox (6/15/2013 4:28:00 PM)

    When each resistance affirms entrapment,
    the bird that’s beating in its boned cage
    knows the bars are true by his own rage:
    the truth cannot be bent with argument.

    Whether caged or cold, the scared bird must sing
    to keep warm or sane and the suffering
    beyond bars / in his heart' the same thing:
    the scared bird fears that the scared bird might sing.

    For knowing that I'd always set him free,
    his rhapsody would loose the shrill intent
    with which he cries out his captivity:
    the end that’s known brings out the song's content.

    Look back, look back, the scared bird sings to me,
    There was a man who died to set you free. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Shantik Tillman (6/8/2013 6:10:00 PM)

    i love this poem all Maya Angelou's poems are lovely to read i Love her she is a Phenomenal women
    i hope to met her one day! ! ! she's very down to earth! ! And a Beautiful woman (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 874 Points Cynthia Buhain-baello (5/29/2013 7:54:00 PM)

    Beautiful and profound depth, the repetition of the last lines added greater impact. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sue Davies (5/27/2013 6:31:00 PM)

    Beautiful...... It's simplicity is heartbreaking. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 93 Points Meshack Bankole (5/7/2013 6:05:00 AM)

    Maya - a natural poet. Full of insight in the common things that make sense to all. This poem reminds me of the type of songs that lie in the hearts of bondmen and bondwomen, its quite a song of hunger for liberty. Kudos my poet (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 22 Points Ruby Mostazir (4/18/2013 7:04:00 AM)

    his wings are clipped and
    his feet are tied
    so he opens his throat to sing.
    ..........................nice! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Barbara Brookes (3/21/2013 2:05:00 PM)

    easy to read and understand such pure simplicity i love this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Juliet Martinez (3/10/2013 4:46:00 PM)

    Very nice. It's nice to come across poems that you can grasp easily no fancy wording or anything. Anyone can understand and make their own meaning of them (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 127 Points Rick Adriolo (3/6/2013 2:08:00 PM)

    I thought I saw a pussy cat..

    Day goes on and on as this little bird can only lay down and cry
    'Cause his wings are clipped and he's caged but he was born to fly
    Kept under lock and key his freedom denied
    What can he do with so many rules he must abide
    Nowhere to go and nowhere to hide
    When there's a four walled cage stopping your flight
    How can it be that the caged bird still sings
    How can its days have so much reason with such dark surroundings
    For the song is sad and the caged bird is scared
    Once it was the cage but soon it was the outside it feared.. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Biswajit Basu (3/2/2013 5:01:00 AM)

    Caged and silent sits the beautiful songbird,
    For he knows his song will never be heard,
    Drowned out by the caws of ravenous crows,
    Whose dreadful cacophony simply grows and grows...... a tribute to the beautifully plaintive words of.Maya in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Elmira Faal (1/29/2013 1:58:00 AM)

    I love this poem.It's a sad poem that tugs at my heartstrings.I reckon that it wants to manifest freedom and how it is worth like a king's ransom for human beings.Freedom and liberty are twin pillars on which the theme of this poem is built on. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Autumn Barnes (12/8/2012 5:48:00 PM)

    The people who keep their opinions to themselves, and don't try for the best for themselves will get nothing out of life, the people who strive for better and say what they think and how they feel will get the best that life has to offer to them. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Anisha Subba (12/8/2012 8:16:00 AM)

    I really luv dis makes me appreciate Freedom (Report) Reply

  • Rookie *~aubrey~* 3 (12/7/2012 12:28:00 AM)

    3rd stanza needs an edit...
    On the distant hill
    For the caged bird
    Sings of freedom
    But lovely poem anyways :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Shiela Marie Anunciacion (11/17/2012 4:54:00 AM)

    Something free will never know how to appreciate certain things but something restraint will most likely appreciate even something it is afraid of because it has nothing else to do except that...

    a beautiful poem of freedom and speech~ (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Grace Mcgee (11/13/2012 6:00:00 PM)

    Oh my gosh its so beautiful but so sad and powerful could you please look at my poem and comment (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Jothi Lakshmi (11/9/2012 2:38:00 AM)

    what a deep meaning you have presented in this. (Report) Reply

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