“In Times of Hurricane” by Dorsía Smith Silva


The black sky rips
open to the eating

wind, tree limbs and
flowers reveal naked

dirt, somersaulting pieces
of wood pummel doors, as

beauty spins away, bent
in a thumbnail second. The

wind barrels lamp posts and
telephone wires, moving

light swims against the darkness.
Everything fades into the

glyphs of rain, claiming
recognition. You obey.



Dorsía Smith Silva is a Professor of English at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. Her poetry has appeared in journals and magazines such as Portland Review, Mom Egg Review, Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture & Social Justice, and elsewhere. She is also the editor of Latina/Chicana Mothering – a glimpse into diverse journeys of mothering – and the co-editor of six books.

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