I know why the caged bird sings (For Maya Angelou ) / Poem by Lily Swarn

Poem by Lily Swarn
 
 
I know why the caged bird sings
(For Maya Angelou )
 
The flamboyant wings flap helplessly
The chirp becomes a screeching wail
The strut fizzles down to a listless waddle
The plume bows down in beseeching prayer
I know why the caged bird sings
 
It remembers the wide green fields
Where it necked and frolicked with its mate
The intoxicating scent of the raat ki Rani
The grain scattered on terraces of love
I know why the caged bird sings
 
It ruminates on the flights of passion
That it took to unknown lands
The twittering and somersaulting
In the cool rainbow stroked skies
I know why the caged bird sings
 
The freedom sodden air it breathed joyously
The perching on any Mandir, masjid, church
Sounds of Gurbani waking her up from the gurdwara
Ecstatic rummaging for guavas in rows of fruit trees
I know why the caged bird sings
 
It sings of human rights violations
It sings of the hurts of captivity
It sings of ruthless brutal wars
That encroach on human dignity
I know why the caged bird sings
 
It sings because it cannot talk
I sings because it has lost its voice
It sings because the cage is a golden prison
It sings because it truly hates these gaping people
I know why the caged bird sings
 
Nothing can break a strong spirit
No one can really mar your beauty
No prison can squash your liberty
Physical captivity won’t thwart your talents
I know why the caged bird sings
 
Copyright Lily Swarn 6.3.2017
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