Set the Bird Free

It wasn't as if you had no song to sing to me

In fact, you sang it and it was quite lovely

And it wasn't even as if I had you in a cage

Yet there was something that made you try to stay

Some unexplained desire to try to stay and sing for me still

Oh, but it was evident from the start that it was partly against your will

So as much as your presence means to me

It is true that a free spirit must always fly care free

Go now, see more of the world solely from your own view

Maybe you will not soon forget me when you do

You want to experience it all on your own terms

It is, after all, all we all really want to do

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Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

Very beautiful lines and thought. The bird is at times willing to stay with you inspite of its freedom to fly. It happened with my pet parrots also. Once we thought of setting one or two free. We kept open the door of cage. But they tried to remain inside for whole day until we pulled them out and set them to fly. Might be some emotional attachment or may be security feeling.


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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

shanmarie,

There is a grace, beauty and empowerment in this poem...rich and inspiring symbolism this morning.

Beautiful work! Love, Maria


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whonunuwho 2 years ago from United States

Beautiful work my friend. whonu


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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

A most beautiful bit of writing. It touches my soul, thank you.


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Venkatachari. I have never had a pet bird, but I have heard similar stories from others about birds.


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Glad you picked up on that, Maria! Thank you so much for your kind words.


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you, whonu. Your comment is much appreciated.


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Eric. You always say such nice things when you comment.


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS

Very lovely! Have you seen the movie, "The Sandpiper", in which Elizabeth Taylor rescues an injured sandpiper on the beach? She splints its broken wing and cares for it until it is healed and is flying around inside. But when she opens the doors and encourages it to fly free as a sandpiper is meant to do, it hesitates for a long, long time before it finally does fly away, healed and free.


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS

While the sandpiper was hesitating, she comments to Richard Burton that it’s making its own prison. Of course, in that story, there was a correlation with the humans with a beautiful illustration of how difficult it sometimes is for people facing a choice of letting dependency or freedom to triumph.


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Hi Nellieanna. No, I have not seen that movie, but I might look it up some time now that you brought it to my attention.

This is another one that came to me as I was attempting to go to bed. When inspiration strikes I must write it then or else I usually forget it.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

Shanmarie, this is an expression true love--setting a heart free to pursue its desires. Beautiful!


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Aw, thank you. Glad you enjoyed it, MsDora.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and beautiful. A most lovely poem.


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks, Rasma.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

Beautiful! Setting someone free is a gift of love...


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

So it's said, Ruby. Thank you.


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

This is the kind of writing I thrive on, and I hope you never give it up for riches and fame. :) Beautiful work here. The images are topnotch.


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks, Billy. You could make a girl blush with a compliment like that. I don't pretend to think I could ever be famous, though.


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Thank you for following me! You have created a beautiful poem. Your words are meaningful and flow so easily.


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you, DDE!


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epigramman 2 years ago

.....and lyrical beauty in which you are so natural and good at .......

I usually wear my poetic heart on my sleeve through my love of music and songwriting and that makes us kindred spirits because I can always see the same in your writing too. A big thank you for being the sincere decent person and friend to me and supporting me through the up and down times in life and for being so loyal .....that really means a lot to me


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you for your sincere compliments, Epi. I appreciate them greatly.


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

This is lovely, and so full of meaning!


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you again, Audrey. Two comments in one day and a follow - that was lovely of you! Much appreciated, too.


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ArtDiva 2 years ago from Yountville, CA

So many little birds rescued, flying into the bay windows, the death of many. One, in particular, wrapped in a piece of cloth, and sheltered inside a pot, was there when morning came. It stayed awhile, then off it flew, a free spirit. A lovely poem giving even greater meaning to this memory.


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

What a touching memory, ArtDiva. Thank you for sharing it!

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