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The Caged Bird's Escape


(a poem version from Rumi's Mathnawi)



Once upon a time a bird in a cage

sang for her merchant master.


He took such delight in her song

day and night

that her feelings began to matter.


He grew so fond of her

that he always brought her

water in a golden dish,

and when he had to go on a

merchant ‘s journey

he asked her for her wish.


“I will go through the

forest where you

were born

past the birds of

your neighborhood.


What message should

I bring them

for you to sing them

of the news

of your present good?”


“Tell them I sit in a cage

full of sorrow

singing my captive song.


Day and night locked up

my heart is grieved

and I hope it

won’t be long

before I see them again

and look on their faces

and fly in freedom

through the trees.


What message do they have

from their lovely forest

that will set my heart at ease?


Oh I yearn for my beloved

to fly with him

and spread my captive wings!


Until then I sit


separate from all sweet things.”


The merchant went with his donkeys

through the thick and melodious wood.


When he got to where his bird was from

he stopped and pushed back his hood.


“Oh birds, one and all,

greetings to you

from my pretty bird locked in her cage.


She sends her love

and wants me to tell you of

her condition and ask your sage

for a message to take hack

that will ease her heart

and turn over a brand new page.


She is all alone with bars all around her—

she wants to join her beloved and sound her

song through the air again

for her heart be free again.”


All the birds listened

then suddenly one shrieked

and fell from its branch to the ground.


The merchant froze to the spot

he stood on

and nothing could astound him

more than this did.


One bird had fallen down dead!


He went to the city and traded his goods,

He returned to his house and went

around in a mood

unable to speak.


Finally his bird asked him what

message came from their beaks

and he stood before her

cage and said,


“Oh, nothing to speak of.”


“No, no,” she cried,

“I must know at once!”


“I don’t know what

happened,” he said, “I’m

a dunce! I told them

your message

then one fell down dead!”


Suddenly, his own bird shrieked and fell on her head

onto the floor of her cage.


He let out tears of rage.


“Oh, what have I done?”


Now my moon has gone out

and so has my sun!


Now my own bird is dead —

my life means nothing.


I will have to bury her now,

dear, dead thing!”


He opened the door and reached in and took her

into his hands, careful not to drop her


but once out in the air,

she flew up with one swoop

and flew out the window

onto the nearest roof slope.


“Thank you, merchant master,

for delivering my plea.


That bird sent me a message

that instructed me

on how to win my freedom

and fly quite free.


So I go now to my loved one

who is waiting for me.

All I did was be dead.

All I had to do was die.

It’s easy once you use

your heart and your head.


Goodbye, goodbye, master no more!


I will fly into space,

to my beloved I’ll soar!”


She returned

no more.

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:sl: nice nice! Smart bird lol! Jazakallah for sharing...It brought a smile to my face :sl:

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