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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.


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Native or not, you're welcome in our gardens. 

Lavender's dress is not so vibrant as your 

green trousers and purple velour sleeves.

Credit


Copyright © 2010 by Harryette Mullen. Used with permission of the author.

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

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/tanka-diary-dont-need-picket-fences-brick-wall