Lori Henriksen

author of The Winter Loon

Yearning

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Yearning ~ Longing, craving, hunger, thirst, ache

Maya Angelou experienced and later wrote about oppression of black American women as seen through her child eyes in the 1930s and her own later experience as a woman struggling to survive and raise her child. Through her books and poetry she sheds light on the abuse and brutality of racism. She writes of the dehumanizing effects of slavery and the yearning to be free. She writes about how segregation made people feel and how freedom is taken for granted.

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Caged Bird

A free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
till the current ends
and dips his wing
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 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.

The free bird thinks of another breeze
and 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

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Maya Angelou wrote too many books to list here. Check out her top 10 works at:

http://www.blackenterprise.com/lifestyle/top-10-works-of-maya-angelou/

Maya Angelou died May 28, 2014 at the age of 86. Her wisdom lives on:

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3 thoughts on “Yearning

  1. I’ve been looking for some poetry to read. I had forgotten about Maya Angelou. Thanks for reminding me. Beautiful poem!

  2. I love her poetry. She really is an inspirational woman.
    @DoreeWeller from
    Doree Weller’s Blog

  3. It’s uncanny how we wrote about similar people and themes during the challenge. I also wrote to Maya Angelou. I had only seen her quotes when I’d done google searches in the past and found her poems during the challenge and they really struck a cord. Caged bird is very powerful. Here’s a link to my post.https://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com/2016/04/16/m-a-letter-to-dr-maya-angelou-atozchallenge/
    She has a book something along the line sof “Letters for My daughter”, which I want to read but I’m currently engrossed in Roald Dahl. I’ve just read Matilda and I’m not reading his 600 page bio, so that will keep me busy for awhile. In small print too but very well written and quite conversational, so not a hard read. I don’t usually read such long books.
    xx Rowena

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