Stephen Fuller *** Poetry, Essays

The Caged Bird, with audio

Sings louder uncaged in streets
Proving a dream deferred does

Explode.

Yes, we have found the answer
To a question that

Never

Should

Have

Needed

Asking.


But Hughes did
Because it did
Need asking.



Now we know...

The caged bird doesn’t just sing

It screams louder than a dream
Deferred exploding
It screams louder than a dream
Deferred exploding
It screams louder than a dream
Deferred exploding
It screams louder than...

And so on, and so on, and so on...

How many times did we need to find
This out?

One should have been more than enough.
Now we have moved so far past one
We are spinning right back around to

One.
The answer:
We are
One.

Until we sing that word together
Until we sing that word together
Until we sing that word together

We just defer the dream
Again
To watch
It explode;
Then finding the mockingbird
Too much for our heart, kill it.

Sing, Bird, sing.

25 Responses to “The Caged Bird, with audio”

  1. Lucy

    So touching and evocatively passionate. The repetition in the lines really brings the point home behind this poem. Just wow. This is so impactful, powerful, and beautifully penned. Excellent writing as always!

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