Caged Bird


If it wasn’t for my gentle heart
My feathers would have burned fiercely
A soul that once had light
My freedom just a memory

I must reject these tiresome thoughts
That savage my taunted mind
Reduce them to a petal of hope
With harmony entwined

I wish for the day
Empathy opens my cage
And lets me fly away
At least she knows I’ll do my best
Determined, come what may

With forceful winds that once were tender
Blowing me into the blazing sun
My courageous assumption of what could be
Is yet to be undone.

Lightning strike my sorrowed heart
If I cannot be me,
Compassion strike my cage tonight

And let my mind fly free.


S.H ©


  • Alan .S. Jeeves

    A great maiden poem for MPS Teddy. Good to see you here, have a long and happy stay.
    Ex animo, Alan

    • Teddy.15

      thank you for the warm welcome. great to see you.

    • Goldfinch60

      Your freedom will be with you soon Teddy.


      • Teddy.15

        Indeed it will, it's been a long road for all. Thank you.

      • L. B. Mek

        life-affirmingly powerful, yet light and accessible in tone, executed with practised skill..
        a great read! thanks for sharing

        • Teddy.15

          Thank you so much, I am truly grateful for your lovely words.

        • Accidental Poet

          Your first write here on MPS, but I detect an armature you're not. This being not your first poem I'm certain. Well penned my dear, well penned. ; )

          • Teddy.15

            How kind you are to visit my first poem here, I wrote this last year it's really about lockdown, it's one of my personal faves so yes it was my first onsite. Thank you!

            • Accidental Poet

              But it's not your first poem, correct? To me it speaks of an experienced poet. ; )

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            • HannahElisabeth

              Thank you for referring me to this, leave it to you to turn an awful predicament into a piece of art 🖤🖤🖤

              • Teddy.15

                🤣 Hannah, what else could be done I was locked in my house! I'm so proud you like this one. 🤗

                • HannahElisabeth

                  Very true, this was about the time I started writing more seriously since binge-watching shows got tiresome real quick 🤣

                  Do give yourself more credit, you are so very talented my friend 🤗

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                • aDarkerMind

                  one to cherish Teddy;
                  and to save.....
                  a wonderful poem x

                  • Teddy.15

                    Wow, I can't bielive you found this Dear Melvin, thank you, it's amazing what you find within yourself in a deep lockdown like the one last year, I do cherish this as I am so proud that so many people like it. Thank you dear friend. 💖

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