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I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings...Poetry.

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

Written 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 suns 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.

 

 

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