Wednesday, May 28, 2014

In Memory of Maya Angelou

I wrote a post in 2010 titled My Regards to Maya Angelou.  In memory of a great poet I thought I would share it today.


I Know Why the Twitter Bird Tweets

The free bird leaps
on Google’s back
and scrolls down page
till the browser ends
and dips his wings
in Facebook rays
and dares to claim the internet.

But a bird that stalks
down his narrow page
can seldom see through
his lists of rage
his wings are clipped and
his feet are tied
so he opens his claws to tweet.

The Twitter bird tweets
with fearful trill
of the things unknown
but longed for still
and his tweet are read
on the distant hill
for the Twitter bird
tweets of freedom

The free bird may watch tivo'd Glee
And order up some good Chinese
and laugh as Sue Sylvester drones
On and on of kids off tone.

But Twitter bird stands on the grave of tweets
Getting “trends” for Trick or Treat
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
so he opens his claws to tweet.

The Twitter bird tweets
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tweet is heard
on the distant hill
for the Twitter bird
tweets of freedom.

11 comments:

  1. So sad to hear of the passing today of one of the deepest souls who's ever graced this earth. Ben I have known you long enough to know that her poetry was music to your ears and art to your eyes. Thank you for your tribute.

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    1. Thanks, Chris. I'm glad it stood up to time.

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  3. read about her passing earlier...her and nikki giovanni were both early influences on my work...her work with civil rights...and her poetry of it....the last stanza has a nice jaunty sing song feel to it...

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    1. I really admire the work she did beyond writing.

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