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A Caged Bird This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

Maya K., Palo Alto, CA By MayaNelleThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time., Palo Alto, CA

There's a foot in the door, or maybe it's jammed
The hinges are stuck on the frame.
The bolts must be rusted, the handle won't move
Who could there be – no one – to blame

Across there's a window. The glass is torn off
The screen is slashed down the side
The stars have all come out, the night sky is clear
The blue breeze cools me, chills me, hides me

I am stuck in a castle, a dilapidated palace
There is no way out
If I fly, I will fall; if I jump, I will die.
The world calls me, it shouts, it yells; I run.

Where to?
No one
Nothing. I am a bird caught in a cage.

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