She Sang


(In memory of Maya Angelou)

They clipped her wings, but still she flew
Beyond the confines of her cage.
They tied her feet, they bound her hands,
But she broke through those bars of rage.

She lived her life as the free bird
As if they’d never locked her door;
She flew, but she never forgot
The bindings she’d left on the floor;

Her voice was stifled, yet she sang
In each line she wrote on the page;
She sang and danced to her own song –
And she made the world her stage.

She sang for every woman
Who lived her life in fear or doubt;
Lending her voice to the voiceless,
Showing the shackled a way out.

She put a rainbow in the clouds
Of all the skies she’d ever flown
She gave back more than she received
To all the lives that touched her own

She broke the bonds of slavery,
Through her poetry, with her prose.
She lived the lessons that she taught
And, like the dust and air, she rose!

She sings her song with angels now,
She’s gone but she left us the key;
And the stars are less lonesome now,
That this caged bird is flying free.

© 2014 The Poet Darkling™


Published by: The Poet Darkling

The Poet Darkling is an award-winning poet, lyricist, author, editor, and freelance writer. She is currently working on her fifth poetry and monologue anthology, as well as her memoirs. In 2013, The Poet Darkling had the distinct honor of writing an introduction and closing poem for the short story anthology, “Broken Spokes along the Way,” by author Vance R. Farrell. She is also an esteemed member of several writer’s groups, including Writers-Network, and All Poetry, and was featured in the All Poetry anthology “Rewrite Sunlight” in 2017. Born in Chicago, Illinois, The Poet Darkling currently resides in Northeast Tennessee with her family, her pet black widow spider (whom she calls “Walter”), her imaginary muse (whom she hasn’t named), and her many diverse personalities. Since her childhood, The Poet Darkling has survived all manner of physical and sexual abuse, as well as mental illness, drug addiction, and long-term homelessness, and her poetry reflects this. With a steady voice, diverse subject matter, and the singular intent of helping others not only survive the darkness, but thrive there. The Poet Darkling appeals to a wide range of readers. She speaks for the traumatized soldier, the weary mother, the confused teen, the abandoned senior, the disenfranchised minority, the serial killer, and anyone who has suffered heartbreak, addiction, abuse, mental illness, and even the sting of death – and all in perfect rhyme and meter…or not. Following her own doctrine of “Live first; learn later,” The Poet Darkling is currently working on her M.A. in Creative Writing/English, with a concentration in Poetry at Southern New Hampshire University, where she also earned her B.A. in Creative Writing, with a concentration in Poetry and a minor in Professional Writing, graduating summa cum laude in 2017. The Poet Darkling is proud to be a member of the Sigma Tau Delta (Alpha Pi Psi) and Alpha Sigma Lambda (Sigma Psi) honor societies. When she is not writing, or plotting her bid for Poet Laureate of the United States, The Poet enjoys talking to herself, wandering around aimlessly and poking dead critters with sticks.

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