Poetry Never Dies.
I wasn’t going to post anything today, but the demise of one great lady made me do so. She was a poet, not just a poet but a very good poet, a historian, an autobiographer, an educator, best selling author, actress, civil rights activist, producer and director. Marguerite Anne Johnson was born on April 4, 1928 and is known for her numerous contributions in literature. I first heard of  her  while in high school, that’s like some five years ago, I read and loved her bio. I later came across her poem  ‘ I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings’ and I’ve been reading her awesome pieces since then.
Maya Angelou passed away today, the 28th day of May 2014 and it’s such  a loss to poetry lovers and literature in general. Her words changed lives. I pray that her soul may rest in eternal peace as we celebrate her life. She’s gone, but her poetry will never go. Poetry never dies, and through her works,she will be remembered for ever.

Below is one of her many poems, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. Take a glimpse if you’ve seen it before. Read and share if you’ve never.

 

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

 

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 fearful trill
of the 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.

-Maya Angelou
Other poems by her include:
  • A brave and startling Truth
  • Alone
  • Kin
  • Passing time
  • On the Pulse of Morning
  • A plagued Journey
  • Phenomenal Woman
  • Still I Rise
  • Refusal
  • Woman Work
  • They Went Home
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R.I.P Maya
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