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Something Other

Once She Soared

By C. H. RichardPublished 10 months ago • 1 min read
Something Other
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A colorful songbird

Flew through an open window

Seeking warmth

Perhaps the opulent promise

Of an easier life

Where she would be safe

Free from harm

Away from predators

Soon she would learn

Walls were also meant

To confine

To strip a soul

Her colors would dim

Her song would silence

Yet she remembered

The days when she soared

Songs that carried

In the wind

Her spirit at ease

Above the demons that now taxed

Her self-worth

Seen through windowpanes

Lost to the outer existence

Sorry to have become something

She did not intend

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C. H. Richard

My passion is and has always been writing. I am particularly drawn to writing fiction that has relatable storylines which hopefully keep readers engaged

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  • Kayleigh Fraser ✨8 months ago

    Wow. 😓 Beautifully crafted,

  • Tiffany Gordon 9 months ago

    My goodness Cindy! This was gorgeous! You have a way with words that touches the heart & soul in an intimate way! I was able to relate the beautiful songbird's caged experience to aspects of my own journey! What a powerful piece with an important life message! BRAVO! This was stunning!

  • This goes way deeper than the surface. So much meaning to be found in this wonderful elegantly written poem

  • Babs Iverson10 months ago

    Emotional and eloquently written!!! Love this!!!❤️❤️💕

  • Ahna Lewis10 months ago

    Wow, the layers of meaning here are so powerful! I love poetry that I have to read more than once. Each time, I see something new. Excellent job!

  • Veronica Coldiron10 months ago

    "The bird in the gilded cage". She's safe and fed, but her wings long for flight, for freedom. What a lovely, but melancholy poem. Just beautiful! You have such a way with words! :)

  • Once soaring with dreams & aspirations, now stuck in a cubicle.

  • I think in one way or another, every one of us have experienced this unfortunately. Your poem was so poignant and beautifully written!

  • Dana Stewart10 months ago

    That ending really tugs at the heartstrings and brings the message home. Beautiful work, Cindy!

  • Leslie Writes10 months ago

    Oh dang. This stirs some some familiar feelings in me. Very effective and well done!

  • Ashley Lima10 months ago

    This is beautiful, beautiful, beautiful work. I love the metaphor here. It reads to me that the bird represents a woman found stuck in an unhealthy relationship. Well done!!!

  • Heather Hubler10 months ago

    Something other, indeed. This was so very relatable and you expressed it beautifully :)

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