Black Poetry : "Sympathy" by Paul Laurence Dunbar, 1899.

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    I know what the caged bird feels.
    Ah me, when the sun is bright on the upland slopes,
    when the wind blows soft through the springing grass
    and the river floats like a sheet of glass,
    when the first bird sings and the first bud ops,
    and the faint perfume from its chalice steals.
    I know what the caged bird feels

    I know why the caged bird beats his wing
    till its blood is red on the cruel bars,
    for he must fly back to his perch and cling
    when he fain would be on the bow aswing.
    And the blood still throbs in the old, old scars
    and they pulse again with a keener sting.
    I know why he beats his wing.

    I know why the caged bird sings.
    Ah, me, when its wings are bruised and is bosom sore.
    It beats its bars and would be free.
    It's not a carol of joy or glee,
    but a prayer that it send from its heart's deep core,
    but a plea that upward to heaven it flings.
    I know why the caged bird sings.​
     
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    love this.
     
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    Indeed, Dunbar was on point here. That was very really beautiful.

    Thank you for sharing, fam.

    One,

    - Ikoro
     
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