I know why the caged bird sings...


Maya Angelou, at the age of 86, has passed away. An amazing author who has challenged racism and sexual assault, through incredible poetry and writing. There will never be another like her. She has joined writers at the Poetry Slam in the sky...writing, singing, making a difference.

The caged bird...why does he sing? Not for pleasure of the listener, not to celebrate...the caged bird is trapped, torn, wanting freedom. Representative of so many, trying to move in a new direction, the caged bird sings deep from it's soul.

I have been the caged bird...I know other caged birds longing to be free. Longing to spread our wings to a place of peace and joy. 

The Universe can do funny things sometimes. The idea of a window opening when a door closes is often thought of as a "nice sentiment" yet, for me, windows seem to be flying open everywhere...I almost can't keep up!

Recent highlights...job offer at the HS (turned down), transfer to the HS (to assist with Freshman Academy Program), tons of positive feedback from former students, potential opportunity in Oregon City, meet and greet with math department at PCC (resulting in a job offer), email from HS math teacher stating that they want to be a part of the Academy, potential opportunity to be a part of the summer bridge program...it seems that the opportunities are raining on me. Months ago I had closed off all opportunities, making it impossible to create anything positive.

For the first time in many months I have hope...I am smiling at my friends that have wonderful opportunities ahead of them...creating space in my mind for greatness for them as well...To feel valued, wanted, and excited are three wonderful things...much better than being a caged bird...I want to see everyone sing because of joy, rather than beating their breast against the cage...singing loudly in hope to be heard. I want to be a free bird...one who recognizes joy and freedom and spreads their wings...I want to sing...loud and proud and bring every one of my students with me...throwing open their cage doors......

It is time to sing for we will be caged no more....

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