If I am a Bird

If I am a bird, I want to be free
Not held by shackles
Or between steel bars
If I am a bird, I want to bask in the sun
Not be shot with a gun
If I am a bird, why are my wings torn
And I stored
If I am a bird, why am I unable to fly
If I am a bird, why can’t I sing
If I am a bird, why do I get beat
If I am a bird, why can’t I be free

About this poem

A poem about freedom for animals and people.

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Written on January 27, 2021

Submitted by makaylaabrina on March 25, 2022

Modified on April 27, 2023

27 sec read

Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 343
Words 91
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 12


Even though I haven’t been writing poetry as long as some others, I love it because it requires creativity and thinking. more…

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  • Raving_dumpsterdiver
    I like the feeling and connection to an animal as a reference of freedom, whether it be emotionally, physically, or mentally, the bird is a beautiful symbol of life and freedom.
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