Hurry, little birdie,
(you freedom-loving little thing),
this is a story
and of how you found your voice to sing.
Once, you were a caged bird,
singing songs you thought were all your own…
were your prison….
but you had not the slightest way to know.
And in choirs, you sang with them -
(little birdie, you'd rehearse…)
all the sonnets and the ballads
of a grey and somber universe.
“Scurry, little birdie”,
your heart one day did whisper from the blue
“there is more…
(so much more…)
then what they make you say and do.”
Yet reliantly, and silently,
you every day would wake up just to sing
Haiku’s with their perfectly
and the celebrated, much-known words
of Shakespearean and Rudyard Kipling kings.
One day, among the dawn of others,
you decided to try to say
just a little more than what, (recited),
they did chant and chant away.
And with liberated heart-waves
you scattered words and somehow blurred
their stanzas and their patterns
in such a way your voice was more captured.
And ironically; sonically...
through the masses and the herds;
finally, divinely -
you were set free to your own rhythm
to be beautifully heard.
Little birdie, you are free verse
in a poetic universe where many rules apply.
Not quite sonnet, not quite ballad,
for gravity and earthly laws you have defied –
and with off-beat syncopation,
you have found your liberation,
and have learned to spread your wings and fly.
Without boundaries, you are weightless -
rising high above a world of code;
little bird, go sing your heart out
with newfound stateless, open roads.
Where once timid, you’re now vivid,
and your voice can wholly bloom
in this universe – in your free verse –
your thoughts are exponential,
quintessential, thought-inviting wombs.
And little bird, always remember
the luck you’ve had to wander from your pen;
*freedom of speech* is not a privilege
that other birds are always granted and given.
And even with this leeway
[you’ve been fortunate to find]
there is still one captor on your freeway:
it is yourself
[[[it is you]]]
it is the prison of your mind.
Since the nest, you've self-rejected;
little birdie, you would coo -
wishing you were red just like the robins;
but little birdie, you were blue.
Oh, how you dreamt that you were fire -
always crying with desire -
aspiring to be something that wasn't naturally
or genuinely you;
but little birdie,
you are calm and you are settle -
you are *water-spells and daydream rhymes come true*,
always wanting to be red -
you are periwinkle blue, instead,
and this has been the greatest obstacle for you:
to be listened to, to be noted, to be seen and to feel proud...
(to be truly heard, little bird)
and sometimes you still do dream your voice was loud;
for even with the freedom you have gotten
sometimes your words are locked in
*the mysticism of the clouds*;
far away from all the robins
(yes, the robins)
and their robin "red-breast" crowds.
But little birdie, don't you worry,
(your free verse world will slowly)
help you grow to be
*just as vibrant as the robins* through the beauty of your poetry;
so sing, blue bird, sing,
sing everything and all you know to be
true to who you are;
little birdie, there's no hurry -
in your free verse world you're always on the road to be
And there will be times the wind tides pull you
back into the realm from where you came;
society will temp you
with the malice of its games.
Sometimes you will feel jealous –
(feeling what you have created is not…)
great enough to make yourself a name,
for while you may sway freely with your wording,
with your tempo and domain -
little bird, you will be forever learning
to break away from juxtaposition chains.
But little birdie, in your free verse,
someday, someday, someday…
even from the jailhouse of your self-doubt
you will learn to run away.
Just like you found your own way
to say the things you want to say,
one day your modest purpose
will shine brightly through this circus…
and from the bluest water,
you will spark crimson flame
just like the robins...
but you'll still be you and they
will never have forgotten...
the rhyme to your sweet name;
little birdie, you are free verse -
this is your universe and so
reign, birdie, reign. 🕊👑
Writing this poem brought tears to my eyes. It is a reminder to myself to accept myself for who I am. Even in a free world, I don't think you can be truly free unless you are happy with who you are.
I write a lot about having a conflicted spirit of both blue and red - of equal parts fire and water. If you follow me, you'll see this theme pop up a lot. While I am the most at home in blue, I've always strived and dreamed of being more permanently red. The fire exists within me, and it does shine through at times. I like to celebrate it when it does. I also do my best to celebrate my blue. 💙
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Excellent work. Looking forward to reading more!
Compelling and original writing
Creative use of language & vocab
Heartfelt and relatable
The story invoked strong personal emotions