Desiree Fedele's Poetry Flyer

Trapped

I can't see

My eyes are closed

I fear that if I open them

I'll regret that decision

I can't hear anything

I wish that I could

Sitting here wondering

Why there's cotton in my ears

I want escape

From this loneliness

I want to see a real person

Feel a real person's face

Feel their breath on my skin

Sleep in a bed

Instead of on this cold, damp floor

I want a real meal

A real conversation

With a real person

I imagine what the real world is like

Sometimes I forget

It's been so long

That I've been trapped

Alone

Why can't I be the same

Like everyone else

I have the urge

To try and fit in with the crowd

Society

Sameness

Over-appreciated popularity

Children learn from adults

Initiative must be taken

Everyone needs to make a difference

Today only comes once

You are the society

Caged Bird 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 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 of freedom.


The free bird thinks of another breeze

and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees

and the fat worms waiting on a dawn bright lawn

and he 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.