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Caged Bird - Poem by Maya Angelou

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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Poems About Freedom

  1. 1. Caged Bird , Maya Angelou
  2. 2. Million Man March Poem , Maya Angelou
  3. 3. Emancipation , Emily Dickinson
  4. 4. Freedom Xiv , Kahlil Gibran
  5. 5. Freedom , Ambrose Bierce
  6. 6. Freedom And Love , Thomas Campbell
  7. 7. Freedom , Helen Hunt Jackson
  8. 8. I Prefer The Gorgeous Freedom , Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Blok
  9. 9. Freedom's Fool , Robert William Service
  10. 10. A Sad State Of Freedom , Nazim Hikmet
  11. 11. Freedom On The Wallaby , Henry Lawson
  12. 12. Freedom , George William Russell
  13. 13. Freedom's Plow , Langston Hughes
  14. 14. A Prison Gets To Be A Friend , Emily Dickinson
  15. 15. Democracy , Langston Hughes
  16. 16. How Did You Die? , Edmund Vance Cooke
  17. 17. Keep A-Goin'! , Frank Lebby Stanton
  18. 18. Freedom , Ralph Waldo Emerson
  19. 19. Of Old Sat Freedom On The Heights , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  20. 20. Out Of The Night That Covers Me , William Ernest Henley
  21. 21. Freedom , John Barbour
  22. 22. Freedom Of Love , Andre Breton
  23. 23. Memorial Day , Joyce Kilmer
  24. 24. Prisoner , Rabindranath Tagore
  25. 25. Children's Rhymes , Langston Hughes
  26. 26. The Negro Mother , Langston Hughes
  27. 27. Invictus , William Ernest Henley
  28. 28. Then And Now , Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
  29. 29. The Landing Of The Pilgrim Fathers In Ne.. , Felicia Dorothea Hemans
  30. 30. Ode , Ralph Waldo Emerson
  31. 31. Africa , Joseph Seamon Cotter
  32. 32. Libertatis Sacra Fames , Oscar Wilde
  33. 33. Liberty , James Whitcomb Riley
  34. 34. Flight , Robert William Service
  35. 35. Dulce Et Decorum Est , Wilfred Owen
  36. 36. Liberty Tree , Thomas Paine
  37. 37. Freedom , Rabindranath Tagore
  38. 38. I Dream A World , Langston Hughes
  39. 39. The New Colossus , Emma Lazarus
  40. 40. Haunted , Siegfried Sassoon
  41. 41. On Chillon , George Gordon Byron
  42. 42. Absolution , Siegfried Sassoon
  43. 43. Everyone Sang , Siegfried Sassoon
  44. 44. Barbury Camp , Charles Hamilton Sorley
  45. 45. Poems On The Slave Trade - Sonnet V , Robert Southey
  46. 46. Independence Ode , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  47. 47. A Prisoner In A Dungeon Deep , Anne Brontë
  48. 48. Letter To An Archaeologist , Joseph Brodsky
  49. 49. Freedom , Royston Allen
  50. 50. Land Of The Free (C) 3-29-08 , Corey Threet
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