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Poems By Poet RIC S. BASTASA  12/20/2014 3:38:40 AM
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  9505.     

our bird in your cage

we have this bird
we both own it and love it and care for it
our bird
and you have this cage
that you only own
golden, new and strong and as you say it
so reliable
that when our bird is in that cage
it will be safe
and cannot escape

we feed this bird together
and give it water and birdseeds
and a place of twigs and swing
where the bird can play
and perch upon
like it is on a tree

days and years
we keep this bird in your cage
and we see it is dying
and wanting to be free

yet you say, this sickness is just temporary
time heals what has wounded it
and shall forget the power of its wings

days and more years
we keep this bird in your cage
and i have not listened at all
to the sad song of that bird
her waning chirps
her weakened wings
her way of losing hold to the dreams of its wings

today we see this bird is dead
but you have no sadness at all
you say, you will buy another bird
again to be kept in your cage


i could have told you
i am the bird in your cage and i too have forgotten the power of
my wings

i could have told you, i have long died
and have forgotten what freedom is, what love is, what i am

in the first place. How can i ever tell you?
you are my cage.
 
RIC S. BASTASA
   
 

   
   
 

  9506.     

Our Capacity To Love

limitless
is our capacity
to love
and care

measureless
is our
gain

did i load you
into my being
and would you
like the image
of having to
unload you
at the end?

or would it rather
be lovely
to make you a
part of myself

a rose tattoo
or a scar?
 
RIC S. BASTASA
   
 

   
   
 

  9507.     

OUR CHAINS

we are chained
we know that
we feel it everyday
we like to find solutions
our vision
our objective
is freedom
but everyday we are chained
we know these chains
we carry them
and they make the sounds of steel
and iron
we wear it in our necks
and on our feet
we feel the dangling of the weights
we have broadened our shoulders
and sharpened our wits
to know well these chains
to carry them all
still with dignity and pride.
 
RIC S. BASTASA
   
 

   
   
 

  9508.     

our choices...

IF, only we are alone,
just you and me in this island,
IF, you only care for me
and I for you,
IF, there are no other
creatures, no other species,
no other person
distractions of this
love just between
us, pure bond, roots
and twigs, all of our
own leaves,
our skies and
shores,
our rivers and
mountains,

IF, and Only IF
this love could have been
but ours to share,

BUT my dear,
we live in this world of choices,
oceans of desires,
islands of partings,
we are crazy for change
and benefiting from
varieties,

AND so we decide,
which way to choose,
This of That

Do we drift away or
do we stick it out
like sugar solution?

sweet and sticky,

or charred and
bitter?
 
RIC S. BASTASA
   
 
 
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