The Cage

oh elusive bird

oft in need of clandestine capture

i free you from my skeletal cage

with cacophonous cartilaginous crack

a delicate, metal hinged rapture


you stumble, stunned

to adamantine floor

feeble sparrow lungs shrill with musty air

limp, tremoring under yonder rocking chair

rest awhile

i will not disturb you there


sometime later, as i sleep

a stranger knocks from realm afar

steps in, leaving the door ajar

and from my slumber

to fitfull wake

sweet bird has flown

feather alone

my keepsake

61 thoughts on “The Cage”

    1. Yes dear heart, I would indeed gather such feather and sleep with it under my pillow.
      I cherish your words … and I hope that these find you in high and hopeful spirits πŸ’•πŸ˜Œ

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    1. Cheers to you kind Isha! It’s an odd thing that you say you picturized it, because as I was writing it … at one stage I was thinking how one of your doodles would look marvellous with it 🌹❀️

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      1. Well you are most persuasive sweet Isha, so I shall respectfully agree. (I’ll have to try another clandestine method to extract a collaborative doodle from you haha πŸ˜‰). I am not beyond blatant bribery! πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜˜πŸ’ŸπŸ’Ÿ

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      2. Your last doodle of the ferryman was anything but crude. They are always so original. We poets are many sweet lady, but you doodler/wordsmiths are few and must be courted πŸ˜‰πŸŒΉπŸŒΉ

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      3. Another flower of praise graces my garland at the hands of Diana! You somehow always manage to deflect compliments to the sender, don’t you? Very crafty dear lady! And thank you once again ❀😘🌹🌹

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      4. Ah I love this πŸŒŒπŸ’Ÿ You’re such a wonderful writer… I don’t think anyone can create images as quickly and as perfectly as you… 😘😘😘❀

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      5. You are so very kind ❀️ I especially enjoy our little spontaneous word sojourns. You are a wonderful writer my dear, for your words play at my heart like it has harp strings rather than frail flesh. I’m grateful for our friendship 😘😘🌹🌹

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      6. I can imagine the words playing at the heart’s harp strings! Such rich and vivid imagery… You really are a blessing to readers and more so to me πŸ™πŸ˜‡πŸ’–πŸ’–

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      7. Oh you are a treat my dear lady! Thank you for your kindness and unbridled affection. Happy am I 😌 πŸ’€πŸ’œ Thankful for U πŸ‘ΈπŸ»πŸŒΈπŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜

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      1. Hello lovely V! Yes, we had some snow overnight but a brilliant blue sky day 😍 today. Magical sunset..will share image via email in an hour or so.
        Tally ho hehe 😘😘

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  1. “feeble sparrow lungs shrill with musty air”
    Hope the sparrow sang to entertain you sometimes before it flew away. The keepsake for sake of saki keeps shaking kings and queens gods and goddesses. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ This was a lovely read and the picture allures my senses… always pick wonderful pictures πŸ™‚ ❀

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    1. Such a generous and kind heart you are, dear Anand πŸ’• Your words always created with thought and attention.
      I’m pleased you like my pictures … I do offer originals as a rule, with only the rare one not (will always credit the source). This pic was a snap taken in Cuba in February 2016. A very colourful country of crumbling architecture.

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  2. This one took my breathe. It’s heartfelt. It’s intensity just kept me mouth gaped. You are truly an enchantress words D and whenever I visit your realm I often find myself. How beautifully you portrayed this body as a cage and this soul as a bird. Still something is left of it in our hearts our keepsake.
    Hugs. Love ❀️

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    1. Wow, precious hearted lady. What exquisite comments you leave me, over and again. I’m elated that when you read, you hear my thoughts as if they were your own. A blessed connection I’m grateful for, my wonderful friend. πŸ’ŸπŸ’ŸπŸ’ŸπŸ’Ÿ

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