CAGED

CAGED

A Poem by alanwgraham
"

An escaped canary engenders other thoughts

"

Caged

 

uncaged, but not unloved

the yellow/green canary

a feathered fugitive

perched carefree, naive

on the small stone bridge

above the Eden river

 

ripe seeds in plenty

ruffling, balmy breeze

feather warming sun

awoke ancestral memories

 

all too soon the canary was spotted

concerted, careless efforts made

to capture and contain

their motive well meaning

but the bird had tasted freedom

 

the young man waited,

resigned, face weary

two plastic bags of cheap food

a bunch of yellow, wilting flowers

summer downpour hammering

the graffiti scratched bus shelter

‘go home asylum seekers’ 

the bus to the sink estate, cancelled

 

I lit a cigarette, offered him one

we chatted, he told me his life story

of the irretrievable happy days in Aleppo

of the ache for freedom and a better life

but then the nightmare,

of the unspeakable barbarity

of the desperate flight

of hope suspended in the camps

of their arrival to this promised land

 

I asked if they were settled now

he laughed bitterly

‘we are being sent home’


© 2017 alanwgraham



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I'm not cognizant of all the political angles herein, but I can still appreciate your intense metaphor as it relates to refugees worldwide, not to mention our unwelcoming posture now in the US. Besides being a brilliant statement about freedom, your word-crafting is interesting to the point of being distracting (in a good way). I was just watching the way you piled on various word sounds to possibly suggest the sounds a canary might make (caged or not). Very interesting & thought-provoking! (((HUGS)))

Posted 1 Week Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

alanwgraham

1 Week Ago

Thanks. Last week my wife had spotted an escaped bird which we managed to catch and then the next da.. read more
barleygirl

1 Week Ago

I love hearing about your process. I have to remind myself to write it down when my mind makes some .. read more



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"Ancestral memories" of freedom...beautiful imagery of the canary uncaged vs. humans caged in detainment camps...quite opposite imagery evoked. Yet the humans still seek to "capture and contain" in a "well-meaning"way, Lesson not learned.Powerful, resonant message and poem. Stark, indicting. Great flow, believable conversation, effective breaks in continuity, and repetition of "of" for emphasis. Master-class work!

Posted 5 Days Ago


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alanwgraham

5 Days Ago

You are very kind Annette. It's great when you see these links between things. I suppose it's the de.. read more
A moving story Alan. The analogy between the two - one free of a cage of metals and one returning to a cage of bullets and bombs - is a powerful one.
We take our liberty for granted sometimes.


Posted 1 Week Ago


This is sad, and you definitely feel for this family.
I always think Britain should seek out refugees in war torn countries. But refugees who make their way through Europe to get into Britain. I say no.

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alanwgraham

1 Week Ago

Thanks Paul. I agree that there are no easy answers to these difficult questions. Where do you start.. read more
I'm not cognizant of all the political angles herein, but I can still appreciate your intense metaphor as it relates to refugees worldwide, not to mention our unwelcoming posture now in the US. Besides being a brilliant statement about freedom, your word-crafting is interesting to the point of being distracting (in a good way). I was just watching the way you piled on various word sounds to possibly suggest the sounds a canary might make (caged or not). Very interesting & thought-provoking! (((HUGS)))

Posted 1 Week Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

alanwgraham

1 Week Ago

Thanks. Last week my wife had spotted an escaped bird which we managed to catch and then the next da.. read more
barleygirl

1 Week Ago

I love hearing about your process. I have to remind myself to write it down when my mind makes some .. read more

Powerful analogy here Alan. Even the long domesticated "canary" could be treated as an undesirable avian if Brexit materialises.





Posted 2 Weeks Ago



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