The following poems were inspired by Paul Lawrence Dunbar's "Sympathy" and Maya Angelou's "I know why the caged bird sings." Enjoy.
As I sit in the cage
I long to be free.
When I open my eyes
I look down and see
the shackles on my feet.
I get in range
because I hear no beat.
Then I woke up
and realized it was all a dream.
Hiding, running from my life.
Life has made me feel locked away, chain up
and held back from the light, in the darkness
I lie as I watch my life slowly pass me by.
Hiding from myself, I rebel not living the
life I once had the chance to live.
This bird does not feel free
for it is like a hive without a bee
and as our world turns round and
round this bird's in his cage not
saying a sound. His time is not
over until the fat woman sings.
This bird's stuck in his cage in which he
can't breathe. If I were an animal I' let
out my rage. This bird needs to be left free
outside of his cage.
I stare out the window like a
caged bird between the bars.
I watch as the grass shivers
slightly in the morning breeze. To
soar in the blue sky and finally
be free of this prison, this job corps.
The caged bird is a friend of mine.
We sing together all the time.
I will be the one to set her free.
I'll fly with her into eternity.