Thursday, June 5, 2014

A Tribute To Maya Angelou

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By Alon Calinao Dy: Last May 28, 2014, I was deeply saddened when I heard the news about the death of my favorite American author and poet Maya Angelou at the age of 86. The cause of death has not yet been revealed.

Angelou's life has inspired many artists, entertainers, and world leaders including former President Bill Clinton and current President Barack Obama. In tribute to her, I decided to post her best poem in my blog entitled 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 
And his tune is heard 
On the distant hill
For the caged bird 
Sings for 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 stands on the grave of dreams
His shadow shouts on a nightmare screaming
His wings are clipped and his feet are tied
So he opens his throat  to sing.

The caged bird sings 
With a fearful thrill
Of things unknown
And his tune is heard
On the distant hill
For the  caged bird
Sings of freedom.

-- Maya Angelou

I truly enjoyed reading this poem because it spoke about freedom. It really touched me. Maya is one of the famous authors I greatly admired in the world. It's a great honor to read some of her awesome works. To Maya Angelou, may your soul rest in peace and may the Lord God meet you at his gate.