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VERSES: Sympathy  

Kendra Biddulph 2014
Last Updated: Mar 31, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Sympathy By: Paul Laurence Dunbar

I know what the caged bird feels, alas!
    When the sun is bright on the upland slopes;  
When the wind stirs soft through the springing grass,  
And the river flows like a stream of glass;
    When the first bird sings and the first bud opes,  
And the faint perfume from its chalice steals—
I know what the caged bird feels!
I know why the caged bird beats his wing
    Till its blood is red on the cruel bars;  
For he must fly back to his perch and cling  
When he fain would be on the bough a-swing;
    And a pain still throbs in the old, old scars  
And they pulse again with a keener sting
I know why he beats his wing!
   When his wing is bruised and his bosom sore,—
When he beats his bars and he would be free;
It is not a carol of joy or glee,
    But a prayer that he sends from his heart’s deep core,  
But a plea, that upward to Heaven he flings—
I know why the caged bird sings!


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Kendra Biddulph

Kendra Biddulph graduated from Hartford Union High School in June of 2014. Kendra is an actress. She perfomed as a lead or minor lead in the Spring Play all four years of High School. She was also in  her Freshman and Sophmore year musical in the chorus. She was involved in the Senior and Junior Musicals by playing her flute in Pit Orchestra. Kendra also enjoyed participating in Forensic Speaking all four years of High School, participating in a variety of categories. Kendra also played flute in the high school band. During her Junior and Senior years at HUHS she performed as the Drum Major of the Marching  Band, and helped lead the band when they played in Walt Disney World and Universal Studios in Florida.  Kendra is happiest when writing. She is a poet and a novelst, and during her Senior year of High School she completed National Novel Writing Month for the first time. She got accepted to Utah State Univertity as a Elementary Education Major.


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