CITY SLEEP

I never set the alarm clock

But

Every morning,

something wakes me up…

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

The garbage truck backs up

Tuesday and Thursday

Street cleaning is so abrupt

Wednesday’s

The recyclables are picked up

Saturday has its sirens

Fire trucks, police cars

and deliveries backing up

Church bells on Sunday…

Thank God the intercom doesn’t work!

Sipping coffee from my cup

I wondered what to do

I drove down to Alabama

I slept

Until the farm alarm

Woke me up

“Cocka doodle-doo”

Sleeping late, I give up!

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© 2010 Tamara Royal

 MANHATTAN TIMES, 2011

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