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Tanka Diary [Don't need picket fences, brick wall]

Don't need picket fences, brick wall,
or razor wire. Our home's protected by
prickly pear cactus and thorny bougainvillea.


Native or not, you're welcome in our gardens.
Lavender's dress is not so vibrant as your
green trousers and purple velour sleeves.


Copyright © 2010 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: 2010-10-27

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