And Though the Caged Bird May Sing

“Natural Woman” Digital Collage Art “Covid Creations” by Susie Clevenger

And though the caged bird may sing
Filling my days with joyous song,
No remorseful sorrow will follow
Should I embrace its sweet liberty,
Setting this feathered soul free to “be”
Unfurling delicate wings
Taking flight with a sigh
In the cloudless morning sky

©2021 Linda Lee Lyberg

dVerse Poets Pub: Quadrille 121 Let’s Embrace

The Sunday Muse #146

Linda Lee Lyberg is a wife, mother, artist, published poet and author. She resides in Mesa, AZ with her husband Pete (aka The Big Viking) of 24 years and their latest rescue, Jackson “Jax” Lyberg. Linda writes various forms of poetry, as well as short stories. You can read more of her works at: and view anthologies containing her work here: Amazon Author Page

54 Comments on “And Though the Caged Bird May Sing

  1. So much to love here, Linda! 💝 A caged bird is undoubtedly melancholic, it longs for the sky as it’s meant to fly free. I sometimes wonder if humans are caged too… metaphorically perhaps?

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  2. This goes right to my heart. The beauty of birdsong defies the cage while bringing joy to the one who hears it. It tickles the spirit with freedom and bids an open door to spread its wings. Beautiful. Thank you so much for giving this beautiful voice to my art.

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  3. So true – there’s a world of difference between a loving embrace and a restrictive hold! We must always be willing to set those we love free!

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  4. I love that you have used Susie’s collage to illustrate your poem, Linda, and riffed on Maya Angelou’s words as your opening line. I also like the internal slant rhyme of ‘No remorseful sorrow will follow’. Sting was a good choice, too.

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  5. Yes, a myriad of wonderful choices. Slant and internal rhymes, and classical theme. It feels Victorian, mired in the sins of the past. Metaphorically, it hits hard.

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  6. Oh Linda, this is both breathtaking and moving! My heart has been broken for the loss of your sweet dog, but it has been a blessing to see your new family member! We have missed you at the Muse my friend! 💙

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  7. It is singing its song of freedom – as we do, when our hearts are held captive. A beautiful poem, Linda. I am thinking of your owl, too.

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  8. Sometimes the caged bird sings because it’s what he/she has left.

    Then we have to consider what constitutes cages for us unfeathered birds.

    Love that song by Sting — his penance for I’ll Be Watching You.


  9. Have you read Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings? I’m reminded of it reading this. And yes, you are right….I wonder how beautiful it would sing if it were freed?

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