Bird Cage

October 9, 2008

originally written in June 2008

There once was a bird
Bred in captivity
A cardinal, I think

She’s kept in a gilded cage
The tiny iron door left open
A chain with only one link

It’s dread that keeps her in
Sparkling eyes, with fear aloft,
Can barely even blink

But one day, it was different
She threw caution to the wind
And stepped near the brink

Two claws grasped tightly
On that last bar of the cage
Her blood ran dark like ink

With a flutter of wings
She has escaped for good
Her final goodbye: a wink



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