Wings of Liberty


One fine morning, I woke up to the song of a beautiful blue bird
Sitting on my window, proclaiming sunrise… embracing the new day…
Looking around, waking the mortals nearby… with its soothing melodies…
As the sunlight peeked into my room with a pleasant morning breeze…

I envy that bird… because it had wings and a sweet voice that sings…
I wished that morning… I wished I had its wings… so beautiful and so strong…
I would have flown away from this cage of obligation and responsibility…
Away to the farthest of lands… I had seen in my dreams and reverie…

I would have traveled to the distant islands… lunged into unknown lakes…
No boundaries would have stopped me… no guilt would’ve chained me…
I would have savored on every fruit unknown… endless feasts…
And would’ve relished the exotic and survived the wild and its beasts…

I would have darted up so high… soaring in the sky like a rocket…
That I could touch the clouds… and see the world above ‘em…
Or would have made a couch on them… and spent a dreamy eve…
I would have danced in the first rains… a childhood I’ve wished to relive…

I would have winged atop the mountains… and sung a song of victory…
I would have sipped water from the lonely lakes of the barren aridity…
I wouldn’t ‘ve dreaded the darkest caves… and challenged the most difficile things…
I would’ve conquered the vastness of oceans… and withstood the stormy winds…

I would have fleeted to the faraway countries… witnessed the diversities…
I would have seen humans battle… over religion, race, needs and creeds…
Watched ‘em with eyes full of pity… and prayed for love, peace and sanity…
If only I had those wings – Those strong, beautiful, blue Wings of Liberty.

© Manish Ranjan, 2020

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