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CAGED BIRD

by Maya Angelou

A free bird leaps

on the back of the wind

and floats downstream

till the current ends

and dips his wing

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 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.

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.

WRITING PROMPT: Close your eyes, imagine that you are a bird living in a cage. What do you see? What do you hear? What do you smell and taste? How do you feel? Write for 3 minutes.

Close your eyes again and imagine that someone has opened the cage; you are free! Let go and write wherever your pen wants to take you. Write quickly. Don't edit. Don't think; just feel. Describe your feelings. What do you see, smell, hear? Where are you going? What would it feel like if you could really fly? Write for 15 minutes.


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