This poem is part of the Poems for doctors project. You can find out more about the project here.

Season 2 : poem 2

Medical Lecturer Veronica O’Carroll reads The Bird that was Trapped has Flown by James Robertson

The Bird that was Trapped has Flown

James Robertson

in memoriam Vicky Patterson

The bird that was trapped has flown
The sky that was grey is blue
The bone that was dead has grown
The dream that was dreamed is true
The locked door has been swung wide
The prisoner has been set free
The lips that were sealed have cried
The eye that was blind can see
The tree that was bare is green
The room that was dull is bright
The sheet that was soiled is clean
The dawn that was dark is light
The road that was blocked has no end
The unknown journey is known
The heart that is hurt will mend
The bird that was trapped has flown

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