"bird set free"
she is a bird that wishes to be free,
but she cannot fly in this century-
it is the iron cage of her family,
tainted with traditions; a conventionality.
they burn her skin and chest
if she ever wanted to embark on a quest.
she needs not a permission to soar
but her independence is frowned upon.
while she remains trapped in the nest,
she can hear her desire to travel roar
like a pride of stubborn lions
that were bred or held in captivity.
she is a bird with her soft wings
but she cannot linger among clouds
or else her mother would be scared-
her ankles are chained to the ground
despite her dreams to witness the sky
who had always a soft spot for her.
she has promised to stay true to her roots
which have long become ingrained
right under her claws and feet
but they don't let her break away
for even to look at the sunset
that match the light in her eyes.
she is a bird that has been told
to tone down her brightest feathers
for the picture of mundane activity
to satiate the control for desire
over the growing birds who are
no longer hatching chicks or eggs. - natasha effendy