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Tanka Diary [Awakened too early on Saturday morning]

Awakened too early on Saturday morning 
by the song of a mockingbird 
imitating my clock radio alarm.

Walking along the green path with buds 
in my ears, too engrossed in the morning news
to listen to the stillness of the garden.


Copyright © 2012 by Harryette Mullen. Used with permission of the author.


Harryette Mullen

Harryette Mullen's work is driven by wordplay, allusion, and popular cliche, and is centered in a larger tradition of African American writing.

Date Published: 2012-07-24

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