The Caged Bird – a poem
Hey man! Don’t you see?
I am caged, please set me free!
Oh stop flashing that camera’s light,
It keeps me awake all night.
Don’t you like watching us dance and sing?
It will be a sight, only if you let me out of this thing.
Please, my so-called caretaker will shortly arrive.
And to make me fly through his rings, he will strive.
But I will not pass through his rings,
And why should I? I have no freedom to spread my wings.
Hey man! They say you beings are priceless.
And what am I, for they have bought and caged me for a price so less!
All day long I remain perched and wonder why,
Why I am not permitted to fly?
And meet my kith and kin in the sky,
The sky that is free for all.
I dream of making my own nests in trees so tall.
And to find new places in a forest,
Then dance in the rain when nature is at its best.
Ah! But today I know it is my last day,
For my breath is slipping away.
For no crime, I was put behind bars.
And I thought while I gazed at the stars,
It is not me who is going to mourn, because
Hey man! It is your loss.
Mustafa Topiwala is a high school student who aspires to use his abilities and talents to help others. Reading, writing poetry, sailing, surfing, and blogging are some of his hobbies, and he hopes to study law in the future. He is also an avid speaker and debater and is ready any time to engage in a fun conversation.