{caged bird}

music begins to play
I close my eyes

I feel
the chords
notes
and beats

echoing
and bouncing

off the cavernous
painted
ceilings of my heart

windows open

the music
pulling in
the purifying
sunlight

fresh air
pours in
brushing the dust
off the unused furniture

the lock on the door
clicks
heavy mahogany weight
swings on its hinges

wind blows through the room
reaching into the corners
lifting the curtains

and then
a piece of heavy cream cloth
falls with a
whoosh
to the polished wooden floors

and revealed
is a large bronze
cage
the catch unlocks
and the door opens

inside
sits a small bird
colorful
with a long tail

she opens her wings
her body lifting off the perch

carefully
she flies out of the hatch
into the room
and lands on the windowsill

her wings
flutter into place
at her sides

her tail feathers glimmer
in the light
while she pauses

her wings stretch out
and once again
she takes off

flying to the
sound of music

the chords
notes
and beats
of the free

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