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(4 April 1928)

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Awaking in New York

Curtains forcing their will
against the wind,
children sleep,
exchanging dreams with
seraphim. The city
drags itself awake on
subway straps; and
I, an alarm, awake as a
rumor of war,
lie stretching into dawn,
unasked and unheeded.

Submitted: Monday, January 23, 2012
Edited: Saturday, March 29, 2014


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  • Crystal Star (4/1/2014 5:42:00 AM)

    One never knows what it is like to be in New York unless one has lived there. Well I have not but i do dream to live one day. Some day.

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  • Patricia Grantham (6/17/2013 8:47:00 AM)

    Awakening in the city that never sleeps.
    Even in the hustle and bustle of city oe
    can still find a bit of relaxation. Enjoyed
    this one. Forever Maya.

  • Walterrean Salley (4/1/2013 2:39:00 PM)

    An interesting morning read. Very enjoyable. Thank you Mrs. Angelou

  • Ramesh Rai (2/21/2012 6:50:00 AM)

    A lovely poem. i do not find appropriate word to praise

  • Mishack Mchunu (1/27/2012 2:51:00 PM)

    I ALWAYS ENJOY YOUR POETRY. ON AGING BEST POEM EVER!

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