Awaking in New York

by Maya Angelou

Read by Emma Rye: http://vocaroo.com/i/s0uGwqMjLsxa

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.

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