So far, the brighter hope forecast for the trapped bird in the poem has continued to be realized in the world today. She felt that in some ways, she was still experiencing slavery.
Indeed, "Cage Bird" as a poem depicts the actual racial discrimination that existed between the White and Black races in the US, South Africa and elsewhere.
Maya Angelou was an individual that used all her circumstances, whether good or bad, to her advantage which allowed her to excel in life. The poem and the autobiographies have the same message to put across. In a sense, she wholly dreams about freedom and so the entire poem can been seen through that lens.
She has beaten the odds and has become one of the most well known African American women of today. She is an author, poet, historian, songwriter, playwright, dancer, stage and screen producer, director, performer, singer, and civil rights activist.