A Sophisticate is a Poet

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"A free bird leaps on the back
Of the wind and floats downstream 
Till the current ends and dips his wing 
In the orange suns rays
And dares to claim the sky."

First verse "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" Maya Angelou

In the movie 'City of Angels' (1998) the Angels  were stuck between heaven and earth in a library.  Why would they be stuck and unable to leave a library? Simple. If anyone wanted to know about what it is like to be human and what reality is like with all of it's bitterness or sweetness, a writer can tell you. Most specifically, poets are the writers of the truth of reality and the taste of heaven that is provided mere mortals. 


"But a BIRD that stalks down his narrow cage
Can seldom see through his bars of rage
His wings are clipped and his feet are tied
So he opens his throat to sing."

Second verse "I Know Why the Caged  Bird Sings" Maya Angelou

In High School, beyond sports and singing, my education on how to draw and  write poetry began. The madness and anger I felt after a tumultuous  three years caused me to discover outlets that would allow me let go of the negative energy. Drawing taught me patience. Exercising, singing, and writing poetry allowed me to express my emotions. 

The beauty of the Southern weather allowed me to spend more time outdoors. The weather gave me the ability to find calmness and understand how I was feeling. Poetry helped me to get out those feelings slowly with introspection. On the weekends, I would spend hours on the small porch in front of my house in the morning writing poetry and drawing.

Poetry is so beautiful and revered that during certain honored occasions like a wedding poetry is read instead of a prayer.  Poetry is the heart of a writer with each word and each syllable.  When you read a poem or a sonnet, you can not only see the words, feelings, or emotions of what is being expressed, you can hear the poet's soul.  What is hidden in the heart and soul of a Sophisticate is revealed.

"The caged bird sings with a fearful trill
Of things unknown but longed for still
And his tune is heard on the distant hill for
The caged bird sings of freedom."

Third verse of "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" from Maya Angelou

There is verse that is story and nonfiction writing. For a Sophisticate who is a writer, poetry is the most difficult type of material to write. Beyond iambic pentameter, poetry has to be descriptive, and it has to be succinct. There is no room for explanation. 

"The free bird thinks of another breeze
And the trade winds soft through
The sighing trees
And the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright
Lawn and he names the sky his own."

Fourth verse of "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" from Maya Angelou

When a Sophisticate writes poetry she has to be straightforward. There is no room for explanation. The reader has to know what the poet is talking about as if the reader where there to see, hear, and possible taste what the poet is describing. It may take two to three days to review paper or a chapter. It takes a month or more to write a poem. 


Like when a Sophisticate draws a picture, a poem  requires such detail that sometimes the poem needs to be left alone for a day or two before it's re-worked or re-written.

"But a caged BIRD stands on the grave of dreams
His shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
His wings are clipped and his feet are tied
So he opens his throat to sing."

Fifth verse of "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" from Maya Angelou

Like the poem "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" from Maya Angelou, a Sophisticate poet is caged bird. A Sophisticate is in a cage of her her own intense emotions and feelings  She stands upon a moment in her life where the only way to be free from her emotions and the madness in her head or in her life is to write a poem.

A Sophisticate writes a poem in solitude (A Sophisticate Enjoys Being Alone).    More specifically, in nature. Nature is her muse or the music that inspires what is in her heart. 

To comprehend her intense happiness and love a poem is the only way for a Sophisticate to express how she feels.  A poem is the greatest love letter a Sophisticate can ever write. 

"The caged bird sings with
A fearful trill of things unknown
But longed for still and his
Tune is heard on the distant hill
For the caged bird sings of freedom."

Final verse of "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" from Maya Angelou

A Sophisticate is trapped in her thoughts, her feelings, and emotions. A poem is the only way a Sophisticate can fly with hope and can sing in hopes of being understood. In the end, a Sophisticate is a poet because she longs to be free. ;D