A Golden Cage.

'Oh, my sweet little parrot,
Tell me, what's the secret
Of your voice and beauty
That makes everyone happy.'

'A golden cage, my King
Gave you, at my asking,
With gay, for you to live in'
Said, a kind hearted Queen.

'When I was in the wood,
I had the choice of my food.
From the treetop I saw
The sunrise with awe.'

'In my parrot's colony
I had their best company.
They kept me in cheers
And saw, I shed no tears.'

'In the forest's open air,
I had everything to share
With all my companions,
And my close relations.'

'Oh, my dear Queen,
What if, a cage is golden,
Or, I live in a palace fine,
Am I not now in a prison?

'Please grant me my freedom,
To fly free in your kingdom,
And sing in praise of you,
As I really love you.'

The speech of the parrot
Quickly touched her heart.
She released it from the cage
Thus freeing it from bondage.

What a golden lesson
A big country to learn?
A small country needs
Its freedom assured always.

by Rajaram Ramachandran

Comments (5)

Supreme dialogue between the body and the soul superbly written in poetry with perfect rhyme, rhythm and simple words. A moral at the end concludes the poem very well. It contains the essence of your life time experience universalized so beautifully. I specially liked: 'When I was in the wood, I had the choice of my food. From the treetop I saw The sunrise with awe.' 'In my parrot's colony I had their best company. They kept me in cheers And saw, I shed no tears.'
A very good golden cage.A good coinicdence.I have also written one similar but different.I liked this
the way freedom was compared to the golden cage was beautiful... in the end... though the words were very expressive enough but the last paragraph stated the moral in a modest way....
A very wise and insightful poem written with beauty and great depth.Ten without hesitation. Kindest regards, Sandra
Very good. I find it difficult to express how this poem brings out my response, as i have difficulty expressing my response. Do you know what I mean? I like it, and look forward to reading other poems you've written. Thanks!