I know why the caged bird sings

by Sinners gospel   Nov 2, 2017

She is the prettiest woman whom
I ever met.
Her soul is as beautiful as her smile.
When she speaks it feels
happy and peaceful
like a rainbow after the rainstorm.

She could have had another life
However, instead of living up
all those mysteries,
she chose a regular lifestyle
(to get married, to give birth to children,
and to look after them her entire life).

After a couple of decades of caring
for the person
whom she loved the most,
all she got is the bitterness.
Even the sweetest things in life
sound bitter to her.

Sometimes, she sees herself flying once again
until the reality wakes her up;
and now she is allowed to live
all those wildest desires of her
only in the dreams.

I remember when I was a child,
I saw a beautiful bird singing
and when I asked its keeper,
"Do you know why the caged bird sings?"
I got no answer for it.

Whenever she wants to escape
from the cage of reality
in which she is living in, she sings.

Finally, I have the answer to the question,
I once had asked,
I know why the caged bird sings.


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  • 5 months ago

    by Everlasting

    hmm, I'm not good at critiquing. I read the poem and I can only suggest editing some portions to make it sound smoother. There are words like "the" that are fillers.


    "Sometimes, she sees herself flying once again
    until the reality wakes her up;"

    ^ In this case, I consider the word "the" a filler. It sounds good to just say, " until reality wakes her up."

    The same for

    "and now she is allowed to live
    all those wildest desires of her
    only in the dreams."

    ^ The "the" in the dreams is not needed in my opinion.

    Also, I feel like the transition between the why she sings and your question of why a caged bird sings, don't quiet come together. I feel that it can be reworded so that the "ah moment" hits the reader without you having to say it. How to do that?
    uhmmm... you'll have to play around with it until you feel it.
    Other than that, I enjoy the comparison of the caged bird to the lady. Though, whenever I think of a caged bird, I think the bird has been put in that cage without consent. Where as the lady caged herself own her on accord. So due to that the realization you had, of why the caged bird sings, doesn't fully hit home to me in the cased of the lady. Just some thoughts. Sorry, for the rushed comment.

  • 5 months ago

    by Mark

    This is a great write! I was intrigued by the title and glued to the story. Perfect ending!

  • 5 months ago

    by Dagmar Wilson

    This is a sad write and I have rarely seen a single bird in a cage singing. The don't like to be isolated. Thank you for sharing and all the very best

  • 5 months ago

    by Kitty Cat Lady

    Aw Shane, this is so sad! Poor caged bird :-( I hope she's set free. Beautiful imagery here :-) x

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