Maya Angelou

(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)

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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