Hurricane Season

Hurricane Alicia was the first named storm of the 1983 Hurricane season. For almost 20 years this Category 3 storm held the record for damage costs. The name Alicia was retired.


There is a certain black:

a whispering kind of darkness amplifying

sounds and smells   dreams of light drawn

in shaky hands   the damp sheets have slowly

found a way to the blackened floor   cooling

in the five inch gap to the hardwood   the pulse

of the smallest finger pumps out the seconds

steady grip on the corded edge of the mattress

day and night will continue as one   the alarm

will not signal the dawn   nor will it be necessary

to draw attention to the twenty minutes of peace


– C. Prudence Arceneaux 

C. Prudence Arceneaux, a native Texan, earned a BA in Creative Writing from the University of New Mexico and an MFA in Creative Writing, from the University- formerly- known- as- Southwest- Texas- State. Her work has appeared in various journals, including Limestone, Hazmat Review and Inkwell. Her chapbook DIRT was awarded the Jean Pedrick Prize.

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