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Reflections this Freedom Day!



Caged Bird by Maya Angelou


A free bird leaps

on the back of the wind

and floats downstream

till the current ends

and dips his wing

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 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.


The free bird thinks of another breeze

and 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.


Across the globe, there is enough talk, history, and legislation relating to freedom. The reality is we are still not free. In addition to race, we are deeply divided by status, employment, gender, and poverty.


The freedom:

  • to work

  • to speak

  • to be you

  • to contribute

  • to be seen

  • to access the economy

continues to be subjective, questionable, and often painful.


So is “freedom” attainable?


At Each One Hold One (EOHO) we believe it is. We know the first step to real freedom is to free our mind from self-imposed limitations, perceived or real! The commitment to live free is a courageous move as the process requires daily effort and energy. We acknowledge that this journey is a marathon and not a sprint. However, as soon as we consistently free our minds, the progress and fulfilment for ourselves and our circle of influence will become evident!


A free mind energises one to push through barriers and in the process find solutions to challenges.


EOHO is committed to supporting our community through their personal and economic freedom. We do not subscribe to the notion “knowledge is power”. We believe that the real power and progress lies in the EXECUTION of knowledge.


As you consider your next this Freedom Day, we leave you with the words of our freedom icon Nelson Mandela:


It always looks impossible, until it’s done.”


I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one's head pointed toward the sun, one's feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death. Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom Autobiography


Happy Freedom Day to all our South African friends and our friends across the globe!


Much Love,

Melissa, Kubeshni & Charmaine







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