Quiet Poetry Lounge : The Caged Bird Sings

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  1. Earthly Allure

    Earthly Allure Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I can hear the song
    and I can identify with the
    situation.
    In this new equation,
    Now I know
    why the caged bird sings.
    Because in many way's I am the
    bird, behind the gilded bars for
    whom the bell rings.
    Many times
    I feel like Daniel in the
    lion's den and I find my faith
    being tested day by day
    and limit to limit,
    but here's the gimmick.
    For a time the song that I sung while in
    the cage was a song of imitation;
    that allowed me to blend in with others
    and not carve out my own station.
    My infinity and entity
    belonged to many
    leaving me broke down, captive and often skinny.
    I wallowed in self-pity.
    Worried about, 'am I black enough?'
    or 'man enought to fit your formula?'
    Hurt and confused when i'm placed in your cages,
    raped and tormented because of my blatant individuality.
    Its like hiding my existence from reality
    and only existing in my own personal fantasy.
    That, or embracing the cold bars of a
    cage that will hold an exhibit and inquisition
    over my history, difference and position in this society and life.
    As a cage bird, my masculinity is measured by how
    many girls I d*** down while moving around;
    not to mention the type of clothes I wear,
    and the rinky-dink cliche's that float on the air; as well
    as the other things that make a man, manly.
    Plainly, I find myself never actually fittin in, but
    existing somewhere in the outer-bounds of this reality.
    A sort of gray area, respected a little bit but not entirely.
    I'm locked even further into this cage of cold iron,
    singing my song of sorrow lightly
    Because daily i'm questioned about my tastes and sheer sexuality;
    simply because this free-spirited bird doesn't fit in the role of a
    constant in your Quadratic equality. Its a duality of **** and dirt in
    the alley.
    You try to determine and press upon me a name or catagory of your persuasion.
    Am I not me? Can I not exist as I feel? Do I need you, to describe the 'I' in me to me?
    You catagorize and stereotype my life in the vein you think I should be in,
    never seeking but always assuming and calling me everything but a child of God; or at least his kin.
    No one really realizes that this caged bird is in pain, sometimes full of shame, sorrow and despair.
    The last phrases of my once-celebrated song disappears on the air.
    But I'm still here.
    Deep inside the cold cage, and standing outside looking in.
    Shaking my head over and over again.
    I digress.
    Feeling segregated from my own people of color. In a culture that used to back each other up from sunrise to set.
    Now you stamp me lower than dirt and instead, keep me as some mangy pet.
    But a new sun has risen on the horizon
    and I feel the chains of Shai-tan arising,
    The door to this cage will soon open and i'll find myself shinning.
    At that perfect place and time where nothing will matter not even
    your rhythm or your rhyme.
    It will be my time.
    For this once caged bird to sing again a song of newly inspired
    worth and freedom.
    The kind that level's the old iron cage and enhances the 'I' in me, with God determining who i'll become.
    This cage bird is free.

    ~Copyright 2004 Anno Domini/ "Earth's Sorrow Publishing"
    ~Earthly Allure
     
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    $$RICH$$ Lyon King Admin. STAFF

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    free indeed at last from the myth of it all
    love this piece
     
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    MzBlkAngel Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    really likes this
    thanks for sharing
    Peace
    BlkAngel
     
  4. Earthly Allure

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    Thank you both so much. I'm sorry it was so long but sometimes its hard to stop the flow. You know how it goes.
     
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