my favorite cage

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my favorite cage

is made of 
porcelain white bars, 

surrounded
by ringlets of fire, 

red hot and orange
as daisies

consumed by
the summer sun.

Those cornerless 
bars, alive and fierce

as fractals, daring me 
to eclipse my freedom. 

George Cassidy Payne is a poet from Rochester, NY. His work has been included in such publications as the Hazmat ReviewMoria Poetry JournalChronogram JournalAmpersand Literary ReviewThe Angle at St. John Fisher College, and 3:16 Journal. George’s blogs, essays and letters have appeared in USA TodayThe Wall Street JournalThe AtlanticHavana TimesSouth China Morning PostThe Buffalo News, and more. 

See all his poems on Tea House here.

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