Uprising

In defeat

     she folded her wings

allowed them knotted

at her back

     bent, idle

 

In surrender

     she caged her spirit

allowed confines

in her heart

     trapped, futile

 

In mutiny

     she shouted loud

allowed her voice heard

outside the cage

  ringing, clear

 

In uprising

     she unfolded her wings

broke the fused bones

at the joints

  stretched, unfurled

 

In freedom

     she took leave

excruciating flight

high above the prison

  breaking, breathing

 

The angel, free again

                to fly

 

~ Nikki Anne Schmutz

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