The cage is open; but the bird does not flee:
She’s bound by reasons that seem strange to me.

Torn is her heart as she peers at the sky;
Mountains and meadows invite her to fly.

No one nor nothing compells her to stay;
Why does she dither, why not fly away?

The trees and the rains, the wind of her dreams;
The temptation fails to entice her, it seems.

If she spreads her wings, she’ll never be free:
The burden along will she have to carry.

A lump in her throat, in her thoughts as she wades,
Her choice is made; in her eyes the light fades.

What her heart yearns for, she cannot choose;
What she’s been granted, she cannot lose.

She takes a step back, she closes the door;
She won’t look again; be tempted no more.

Her faith in herself – therein her strength lies;
She’s content; though some call it… sacrifice.

By |2018-12-10T11:13:17+00:00August 18th, 2014|Poem|9 Comments

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  1. Tomichan Matheikal August 19, 2014 at 6:59 am - Reply

    Helplessness is part of culture, sometimes. Forced to stay in the cage!

  2. Rajni Rethesh August 19, 2014 at 9:40 am - Reply

    Did you peep into my heart by any chance? :O It's like you read my thoughts in and out and wrote these beautiful yet eye moistening lines.

  3. Anita Jeyan Sandeep August 19, 2014 at 11:02 am - Reply

    It is everybody's story. But not everybody can put it into a poem like you did.

  4. Rajeev Moothedath August 19, 2014 at 11:55 am - Reply

    Lovely picture on life & living..

  5. Jeena R. Papaadi August 19, 2014 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    Yes we are…

  6. Jeena R. Papaadi August 19, 2014 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    Like Anita said, it is everyone's story… Thanks Rajni.

  7. Jeena R. Papaadi August 19, 2014 at 12:54 pm - Reply

    Thanks, girl. A lot.

  8. Jeena R. Papaadi August 19, 2014 at 12:54 pm - Reply

    Thank you, Rajeev.

  9. Anmol Rawat August 22, 2014 at 2:04 pm - Reply

    A touching story woven into poetry. Loved it 🙂

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