Maggie Sawkins – A Cage went in search of a Bird

The Stare's Nest

A Cage went in search of a Bird

What use is a cage
that’s become afraid

of its own trappings –
its mirror, its bell, its swing?

What use is an opening
that doesn’t stay open?

What use is a perch
that doesn’t stay still?

No use thinking things
will change

should a bird fly in
and make itself at home.

What use is a companion
if your fear’s so loud

you cannot hear
their song?

Maggie Sawkins is the winner of the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry

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