The other night CBS Evening News included a recitation of Maya Angelou’s poem “Caged Bird” as a part of their tribute to the acclaimed poet. Angelou’s words have been there when words could not be found. She provided a voice for the hurting, the abused, the neglected, and the oppressed. She sought for freedom in all the ways it is expressed and manifested. Here these words by one of the greatest, if not the greatest, poet and ponderer of our time.