But how does the bird feel being caged?
Birds were caged for their beauty and mystery nearly four centuries ago in ancient Egypt. Doves and parrots were favorites of the Egyptians. The Mynah bird was considered sacred in ancient India, and the Alexandrine parakeet as named for Alexander the Great who was given a parakeet by one of his generals. Birds were much-beloved pets in colonial America and by the Victorian age, the decorative, gilded birdcage was an important status symbol in any wealthy parlor across the globe.
The great American poet, Maya Angelou, titled her first autobiography after a line from a poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar, “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.” The key lines from Dunbar’s poem read, “I know why the caged bird sings, ah me; when his wing is bruised and his bosom sore, when he beats his bars and would be free; it is not a carol of joy or glee, but a prayer that he sends from his heart’s deep core...”
And so, our OHM birdcage has answered that prayer and though the door is still padlocked, the bars are split wide open, the cage is empty, and the bird has flown free. Even if the little bird was well-fed and much loved -- its feathers stroked and its songs much appreciated -- nonetheless, the bird was a captive for another’s pleasure. It needed to fly free and be true to itself. Wear the birdcage as a fierce symbol. You too will not be held captive to another’s expectations. You are not a pretty pet. Fly free little bird. It is your destiny and your right.