The Wire: D'Angelo's Recitation of I know why a gage bird sings

Disclaimer: I don't own the Wire.

After The Tragic Death of D Angelo Barksdale by Strangulation he resides in heaven where he looks on.

D'Angelo looks on the High Rise of Baltimore that he was once lieutenant of. Now in heaven he can rest in peace. He looks on recitation a poem that fits the persona of many of those surviving the mean streets of America. He sings the poem in a voice that only an angel could possess. Here it is.

The free bird leaps
on the back of the win
and floats downstream
till the current ends
and dips his wings
in the orange sun rays
and dares to claim the sky.

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.

The caged bird sings
with fearful trill
of the things unknown
but longed for still
and is tune is heard
on the distant hill for the caged bird
sings of freedom

The free bird thinks of another breeze
an 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.

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

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.

Rest in peace everyone.