Among the Caged Canaries

By: Angel
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The conductor’s words sang clear,
“The only way to grow is to stretch your spine so tall-
And let your voice ring through the music hall”
But how can one grow under the stage’s golden glare?

In buttoned-up tops that stifle and tug,
In tight, black shoes, laces tied neat and
With a trembling breath that sound failed to
Among a sea of caged canaries

In my quest for self, I became lost in the seams,
Of a borrowed uniform
Embroidered with another’s name
Embroidered with another’s dreams
Which only swallowed my frame

I yearned to be heard
I longed to be seen
Among a sea of caged canaries
I had to break free
With courage and conviction I soared,
No longer imprisoned by what came before.


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