Written in memory of the late, great, poet and activist, Maya Angelou
I know why the caged bird sings.
It sings because it is trapped in a life of hell, inside a tiny cage, unable to move but a few spaces in one direction or the other.
It sings because it is alone, trapped with indifference… held captive in a unnatural habitat against its will.
It sings out of pure desperation, hoping that someone or something will hear its cries for help and will come and liberate it from its unjust, inhuman enslavement.
It sings while patiently waiting for its captors to slipup, make a mistake and leave the cage door ajar…
Then it will flee, fly speedily away, only briefly looking back to behold the misery and torture of isolation and captivity it was fortunate to leave behind.
It will fly to where its ancestors dwelled in peace and security, and dance in the fields where its distant cousins socialized freely while collectively foraging for food.
It will warn them of the genocide, terror and horror that awaits them if they suffer the unfortunate fate of being captured for4 entertainment, consumption or capitalist profit.
So, do not be mistake…
The caged bird is singing songs, not of joy and contentment, but of RAGE and REVOLUTION!