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Friday, January 9, 2009

{ this was my journal page for today}

The free bird leaps on the back of the wind

and floats downstream till the current ends

and dips his wings 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 for freedom

The free bird thinks of another breeze

and the trade wind soft through the sighing trees

and the fat worms waiting on a dawn bright lawn

and 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

Maya Angelou

9 comments:

Karen said...

I've always heard of this book and poem but I had never read the whole thing. What beautiful words and imagery. Thanks for sharing them and your picture!

kimberly said...

oohhh i love it nita.....and i love the poem....may we all be free to seek the things unknown!
xo,
kimberly

Annette said...

I am so sorry that I didn't read your post last night, but here's a belated birthday wish and lots of hugs to you, I am so very happy to have you for a friend.

N~ Neat
I~ Intelligent
T~ Thoughtful
A~ Angel

XOXOXOXOXO
Annette

Shelley said...

Hi Nita,love your poem,and the picture. Catching up on your blog,I see you and Elizabeth have had a birthday. Wanted to wish you a belated "Happy Birthday". Looks like Elizabeth's party was a lot of fun for all............have a blessed weekend,Shelley

lk moonwood said...

Hi Nita, I just wanted to come by to "meet" you. Thanks so much for your kind words on my blog. I am loving looking at yours - so happy that Misty put a spotlight on you! I LOVE your self-portrait! Happy belated birthday, too - yesterday's post really goes to the heart (no pun intended). If I knew how to type angel wings for you on the computer that's how I would sign off.
;-) lulu

joanne said...

happy day after your birthday!

thank you for your kind words to me...and i love your journal page and this poem is such an amazing selection to go along with it...just beautiful work...

Lorri said...

Maya Angelou's words always touch me, and these in particular, every time I read it.

Have some blissful and happy days ahead, dear friend...

Hugs and Love...Lorri
xoxo

Laurie in Ca. said...

Nita,

I love this journal work you have been doing this month. I hope it is as healing to your heart as it is to see here. Your pictures are my kind of art. I hope you are finding treasures in your days. I love you.

Laurie

The Artful Eye said...

Nita,
Happy Belated Birthday!

John is looking down on you with a smile on his face as you speak of the two wooden hearts he gave you. What a beautiful gift! These are the most precious gifts we can ever receive.

I hope this next year is filled with love, good health and many creative surprises for you.

This Maya Angelou book is one of my favorites, beautiful journal page.

Hugs and warm embrace.

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