Caged Bird


Drats! Mother told me to remove the wheels before locking the cage, my sanctuary from the crime scene of a world where fellow zombies threaten to eat anyone who’s different.

Did I listen? Noooo.

But, I’m not like the rest of them! And now, I’ve rolled away from my briefcase—where I hid the key.

So, now what?

I’ll sing! Because Wes Craven once said, “If I’m going to be a caged bird, I’ll sing the best song I can.”

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood . . . won’t you be my neighbor?

Because we’re all caged birds.

100 Words

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46 Responses to Caged Bird

  1. neilmacdon says:

    “We’re all caged birds”. Lovely

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  2. Dear Jan,

    I’ll admit I had to look up Wes Craven. At first I thought Maya Angelou. Definitely not where you went. 😉 The addition of Mr. Rogers’ tag line added to the creepiness factor. Well done.



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  3. Anonymous says:

    Ah, good one, Jan!

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  4. Iain Kelly says:

    A depressing thought that we’re all caged birds really, but done with a bit of humour and optimism. Nice one 🙂

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  5. I love the line ‘We are all caged birds’

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  6. StuHN says:

    Damn. I hate it when I lose my keys! Poor zombie.

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  7. Emily says:

    Trapped in a moving cage without a key? Terrifying! I really like this one – the last line is chilling.

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  8. Nicely done, funny with a touch of horror.

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  9. pennygadd51 says:

    That’s a clever story. “My sanctuary from the crime scene of a world where fellow zombies threaten to eat anyone who’s different.” The whole world a crime scene. The ultimate in solipsism.
    If we’re all caged, can we please be in an aviary all together?
    I like the way you’ve written that, Jan!

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    • Jan Morrill says:

      Thank you, Penny. I’m not sure if it was evident, but this was a cloaked political commentary. 🙂 We ARE all in the same aviary, IMO. Though some want their own aviary.


  10. Cool creepy little story. I am a big Wes Craven fan. I think you nailed it.

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  11. jillyfunnell says:

    Excellent story. And I really like the Wes Craven quote.

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  12. True, all caged birds, just in different fashions. Good take on the prompt!

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  13. Jelli says:

    Love the twist of it… some keys just ought not to be found, eh… lol!

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  14. Dale says:

    Aaargh! I can’t believe we have almost the same title and sort of thought…. well, not really, but still!
    I do love this 😀

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  15. I too thought of Maya Angelou. Maybe he/she can get the cage to roll back towards the keys. Nicely done.

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  16. A world of zombies where “zombies threaten to eat anyone who’s different.” Interesting take on the prompt and on our world today. An intriguing story! =)

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  17. granonine says:

    First time I’ve ever thought of Mr. Rogers as a caged bird. Hmmmm.

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  18. love the detail of the wheels, afterwards I was hooked

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  19. lisarey1990 says:

    Great detail. A very creative piece.

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  20. There’s a real tension between the song and the rest of the story. Veeery creepy.

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