Looking in the Mirror

Spiritual Revelations for those seeking Humanity in Humans ~~CordieB.

Sympathy, Paul Laurence Dunbar (African American Poet, 1872-1906)

I KNOW what the caged bird feels, alas!
When the sun is bright on the upland slopes;
When the wind stirs soft through the springing grass,
And the river flows like a stream of glass;

When the first bird sings and the first bud opes,
And the faint perfume from its chalice steals —
I know what the caged bird feels!

I know why the caged bird beats his wing
Till its blood is red on the cruel bars;
For he must fly back to his perch and cling
When he fain would be on the bough a-swing;
And a pain still throbs in the old, old scars
And they pulse again with a keener sting —
I know why he beats his wing!

I know why the caged bird sings, ah me,
When his wing is bruised and his bosom sore,—
When he beats his bars and he would be free;
It is not a carol of joy or glee,
But a prayer that he sends from his heart’s deep core,

But a plea, that upward to Heaven he flings —
I know why the caged bird sings!

5 Comments»

[…] poem was inspired by Paul Lawrence’s poem entitled, Sympathy.   In Maya’s autobiography, I know why the Caged Bird Sings, she writes about sexual abuse […]

  Eddy wrote @

really nice poem

  Cordie `B. wrote @

@Eddy. I think so too. Thanks for stopping by. Feel free to visit often and make yourself at home.

  Yvettw wrote @

I understand, as I’m sure that many do. In the mirror is my reflection too.

  Dave Apps wrote @

Cool blog ! Inspirational ! Will invite you to mine soon 🙂


Speak Now; but don't forever hold your peace!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: