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A Bird in a Cage: A Slow Fade (Lyrical Poetry)

Updated on December 15, 2016
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A Slow Fade

I feel it now, the fading

away. It’s such a sad,

desperate, toll we take.


When we’ve kept hope

alive for so long, but one

of us is tired of trying to

hold on.


The difference becomes

obviously hard to grasp,

a love fading that we both

Thought may last.


And I can’t tell if I’m happy

or mad that it’s leaving

gradually instead of fast.


I remember when you loved

me back. I was your songbird

in a cage, and still perfectly

happy to be that.


Come back my love and listen

to me sing, about how much I

love thee as I look in thy face.


A face I could describe a million

ways; the beautiful smile

you try to hide. The way your

eyes glisten when we bid our

good nights.


I haven’t seen neither for

months, I don't think my

voice makes you

happy as much.


Even so, I’m still yours,

locked in this cage,

anticipating your return

on any given day.


The days get longer now

as I wait, and I know one

day you won’t be back.


And thus I must find my strength

to lift this cage latch.


The last time you left, I was

singing my usual; my

unconditional love song

to you.


I tried to please with every

word, but you seemed to

be lost somewhere off in

another world.


Then the fade crept in

again, and took you

away, maybe for the last

time that day.


I was still singing as I looked

up to find, you had left without

the usual sweet good night….

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      CrisSp 18 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Perhaps, it is for the best and all we can do at times is simply be hopeful.

      Well expressed sadness; nicely penned. Be free now!

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      manatita44 18 months ago from london

      Yes, be free. There is so much depth in these two words! You are a burning flame of Light! let the Light dance with beauty!

      Much Peace.

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      Missy Smith 18 months ago from Florida

      You are so right CrisSp, we must keep hope alive, but allow ourselves to be free. :)

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      Missy Smith 18 months ago from Florida

      I really love your words' manatita. I like the sentiments you express. I can imagine being that burning flame of light and dancing with the beauty of no restraints; I Love that image!

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      John Hansen 18 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Fly be free little song bird.....you shouldn't be kept in a cage. Lovely if somewhat sad poem. Well done as always. Great songs included too.

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      John Hansen 18 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Fly be free little song bird.....you shouldn't be kept in a cage. Lovely if somewhat sad poem. Well done as always. Great songs included too.

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      Venkatachari M 18 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Nicely inked poem with sad tunes pouring from heart. If it is too long, you should get reconciled with circumstances and start with new hopes. Try to keep out of depression and confusions. Wish you all the best.

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      annasmom 18 months ago

      Yep, I bet this resonates with quite a few of your readers. Nicely done!

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      Missy Smith 18 months ago from Florida

      Thank you Jodah, Venkatachari, and annasmom. I think every time I have had to break free out of a cage I was trapped in, I learned great lessons. The one lesson I probably haven't learned yet is how not to take a chance on loving someone. However, if I did that, then what else is there to learn? Each experience has taught me something new.

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      Frank Atanacio 18 months ago from Shelton

      I like the emotional depth here Missy.. awesome poetry and your words do convey :)

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      Missy Smith 18 months ago from Florida

      Thank you Frank. It is extremely important to me that my words come across to readers as relatable and easy to understand.

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      Dana Tate 18 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      Beautifully expressed Missy.

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      Missy Smith 18 months ago from Florida

      Thank you Dana! :)

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      Surabhi Kaura 18 months ago

      This was deeply felt. A free bird flies in high altitude, irrespective of impediments or imperfections. So sweetheart, I can see you sensing that dance of that free bird. Let thy arms flow to the rhythm of melodious hymns. Pleasure to visit you after a long time! Take care. Love :)

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      Missy Smith 18 months ago from Florida

      I'm glad to see you here Surabhi. I haven't been on HP a lot these days. Long enough to post a poem or two and try and comment back on the lovely comments I receive. I've been a bit busy these days offline.

      Thank you for your very sweet and beautiful comment to this poem. You take care as well. :)

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      Faith Reaper 18 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Missy,

      Oh, I bet once out of that cage, your song is even sweeter for there is a whole world out there to adventure out and fly free.

      Your poetry is always deeply expressive and heartfelt.

      Peace and blessings always

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      Missy Smith 18 months ago from Florida

      Thanks for the lovely comment Faith.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 18 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      A very expressive and wonderful poem.

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      Darius Kamiab 18 months ago from Tunbridge Wells / Manchester, UK

      Beauty piece Missy, felt a little different from your normal style I felt? although it might just be me who thinks so. Hope you're doing well :)

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      Missy Smith 18 months ago from Florida

      Thank you Gypsy. I'm really glad you liked it. :)

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      Missy Smith 18 months ago from Florida

      Hmmm??? I don't know, I think maybe you are right Darius. I think it has a little bit of a different tone to it. I think I like venturing away a little sometimes. lol.... Thank you! And I hope you are doing well too. How's life?? :)

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      Darius Kamiab 18 months ago from Tunbridge Wells / Manchester, UK

      I think it's probably my favourite piece of yours btw. Very well Missy! Thanks for asking :) I've settled down at uni nicely and i'm currently taking time away from writing for HubPages briefly to focus on writing for local poetry competitions in the UK, and i'm also creating poetry art for my current pieces on HP. How's life treating you at the moment?

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      Missy Smith 18 months ago from Florida

      I'm so happy to hear all your good news Darius. I did notice you weren't hanging around here as much, but knew you probably had a good reason for that.

      As for me, first of all, thank you for asking; I have tried to stay around HP and keep busy. As of this past week though, I have had a bit of a struggle, seems the flu has taken over and is now controlling just how much I get accomplished these days. However, other than that, I stay busy with my normal day to day duties.

      I'm so glad life is going well for you, and do hope to hear from you more often. No pressure, just when you get that urge to say hi!

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      Deb Hirt 18 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Sometimes it is best to move on, as you never know what you might really be missing.

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      Missy Smith 18 months ago from Florida

      True Avannovice. I have discovered this several times in my life. However, I've never discovered a different kind of love life, but I have discovered more layers of who I am, I always end up liking myself more as a person.

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