A CAGE WENT IN SEARCH OF A BIRD

A CAGE WENT IN SEARCH OF A BIRD

Kafka

 

What use is a cage

that's become afraid

 

of its own trappings -

its mirror, its bell its swing?

 

What use is an opening 

that doesn't stay open?

 

What use is a perch

that doesn't stay still?

 

No use thinking things

will change

 

should a bird fly in

and make itself at home.

 

What use is a companion

if your fear's so loud

 

you cannot hear

their song?

 

Maggie Sawkins (from 'Zones of Avoidance' Cinnamon Press 2015)

 

short poem

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maggie sawkins

Sat 26th Mar 2016 11:34

Thanks Adam and Rob. It was interesting to take one of Kafka's aphorisms as a starting point.

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Adam Whitworth

Fri 25th Mar 2016 21:23

Even if its message is supposed to be gloomy I can only see it as uplifting because of the great artistry.

Robert Mann

Fri 25th Mar 2016 18:26

Maggie - I know many a relationship where one party traps or 'cages' another, but I've never seen a cage be personified before. Nice 'thinking outside the box' and great piece.
Rob

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