I Know Why

“I know why the caged bird sings,”
Penned poet Maya Angelou;
And while pursuing other things,
I think I may have learned why, too.

She sings because there is no cage
Preventing her eternal songs;
Her perch is but an opera stage
Of gilded wire. She merely longs

To sing the freedom of her heart,
No pen can silence Nature’s score.
Since every note is God-wrought art
Ne’er sung again, nor sung before.

And thus the cagèd bird sees past
Her false confinement, singing free
Her liberty, never surpassed,
In solitary symphony.


About Jenn

While pursuing my literary and professional goals, I managed a severe form of gastroparesis (paralysis of the stomach) for six years, now complicated by full GI failure and a nonspecific autonomic failure of unknown etiology. In August of 2010, I finally had my stomach removed (total gastrectomy) to stop the 24/7 nausea and to lessen the risk of spreading infection to my central IV line (port-a-cath), as both of my gastric tubes (one G-tube in my stomach; one J-tube in my small intestine) were chronically–and extremely painfully–infected for longer than a year. I couldn’t possibly have survived the six-plus years of TPN (IV nutrition), surgeries, new (and unrelated) diagnoses, and being forced to go on disability without my amazingly supportive, encouraging, adoring, patient Care Partner and husband, Greg (married 1999)… Who reminds me of the unconditional, perfect love of God as shown through His Son, Jesus. My writing credits include The Da Vinci Code Adventure and Two Roads Through Narnia as well as several movie review compilations. Not all of the entries are health-related. My conditions have finally settled into a quasi-normal routine. There will be ebbs and flows, but I am still active, and plan to live as long as I’m alive.
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0 Responses to I Know Why

  1. Greg Wright says:

    There are certainly God-wrought notes here! I also think you understand.

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