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"No sun outlasts its sunset, but will rise again and bring the dawn. Yes, Mandela's day is done. Yet we, his inheritors, will open the gates wider for reconciliation."

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Barbara K (60)
Sunday December 8, 2013, 1:21 pm
Wow, what a great poem tribute to a great man who brought peace to his country. Thanks, my friend.

Helen Porter (39)
Sunday December 8, 2013, 4:11 pm
The poet sang,
"I know why
the caged bird

The bird
is no longer

Soul flies

Helen Porter (39)
Sunday December 8, 2013, 4:18 pm

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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
an 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

Helen Porter (39)
Sunday December 8, 2013, 4:31 pm
This poem has often brought tears to my eyes for it speaks of the longing of the caged soul to fly home again. "One of these days, I'm going to fly".

fly bird (26)
Sunday December 8, 2013, 4:47 pm
Thanks JL. I have a book of Maya Anglelou's poetry from when she was a little girl, I have always kept, with poignant photographs in black and white.

Pat B (356)
Sunday December 8, 2013, 5:09 pm
Ms. Anglelou is a beautiful woman, inside and out. Her words are so eloquent and beautiful. Thank you, JL for this.

JL A (281)
Sunday December 8, 2013, 5:58 pm
You are welcome Barbara, Jess and Pat.

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Sunday December 8, 2013, 7:56 pm
Marvellous, inspiring and a well-deserved tribute to a man who gave hope to many in their most desperate hours.

cynthia l (207)
Monday December 9, 2013, 3:23 am
A beautiful touching tribute to Mandela from a beautiful soul

Jonathan Harper (0)
Monday December 9, 2013, 4:59 am

Monday December 9, 2013, 9:26 am
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noted with thanks

Rosemary H (43)
Monday December 9, 2013, 1:25 pm
What a beautiful tribute to Mandela!
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