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A Wake-Up Tale
By Jessica Gail Lawrence
Copyright 2001 Jessica Gail Lawrence

 A poem about the writer's dog.
"Ma, are you awake?"
You licked my nose
watched and waited for me to stir.
I felt the second lick,
and the softness of your fur.
I opened my eyes to see you staring,
your bark demanding like a child's shout.
"Ma, please get up...
I have to go out!"