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I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings – Part.1

The painting above is an homage to Maya Angelou's poem "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings" (shown below) - The work is ~ 3' x 1.5' and is composed of an acrylic background. The woman herself is composed of a mixture of acrylic paint and pumice stone. Admire the work, comments and critiques are welcomed. Any interested buyers should visit my Etsy story.

The painting above is the first in a series of paintings designed as an homage to Maya Angelou’s poem “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” (shown below) – The work is ~ 36″ x 18″ and combines the use of acrylics with the use of pumice stone. The painting back ground is made of acrylic paint, while the woman herself is composed of a mixture of acrylic paint and pumice stone.

Caged Bird composite with sides

The sides of the painting reflect a stanza of the poem inspiring the painting that reads ” The caged bird sings, with a fearful trill of things unknown, but longed for still.”  The painting is meant to reflect cages of the past and the self-imposed cages of 21st century society. Feel free to admire the work; comments and critiques are welcomed. Any interested buyers can contact me personally at thefoodpornographersguide@gmail.com.

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

of the things unknown

but longed for still

and is tune is heard

on the distant hill for the caged bird

sings of freedom

The free bird thinks of another breeze

an 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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