The Pet Bird

By Guna Moran

Fly away oh bird
The iron cage
I’ve opened

Fly away
to the twig
of your chosen tree

Fly away oh bird
At will I’ve let you
come out of the cage
Do fly away
far into the distance out of sight

Fly away oh bird
I’ve picked you up
and put you on the house top
Do fly away

Perched on the ridge
what are you looking around
Do you know how many springs slipped away
while you were in the cage
Do you know whether your buddies
are dead or alive
Are you scared of
being swallowed by the vastness of the whole sky
if you lift your eyes

Fly away oh bird do fly away
Why are you looking at me and not flying

Suddenly you’ve flown back
and perched on the hand
of this cruel man who kept you in captivity so long
You seem tamer than before

Oh my dear bird
is it your kindness to
or pity for me

From now on you’ll be looking for me
in life and in death
From now on I’ll live for your sake
From now on the cage has no use at all


Published on November 1st, 2022

About Guna Moran:

Guna Moran is an internationally acclaimed poet and book reviewer. His poems are published in Indian Poetry Review , Indian Poetry , Indian Periodical , Muse India ,  International Writers Journal , Luvina 103 , Spillword , Quidditty , Whatcom Watch Newspaper  along with 160 international magazines, journals, webzines, blogs, newspapers, anthologies and have been translated into thirty languages around the word. He has three poetry books to his credit. He lives in Assam, India.




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