Muscadine Lines: A Southern Journal

Power Outage #2

Tracy M. Rogers


The lights overhead flicker, sputter, sigh
until finally we are enveloped in darkness
No television screen to illuminate
the pitch-black hollows of my bedroom
No silver alarm clock flashing the time -
only the shadows that dance on the ceiling
and the surging melody of the crickets' midnight song
Cold air lingers above my darkened bed -
the only remnants of the air conditioner's low hum
Soon, a summer swelter will replace the chill,
leaving my skin moist, my face burning
But for now I enjoy the goosebumps prickling my arms
and the shivers that pass down my spine

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TRACY M. ROGERS is the editor and creator of The Aurora Review: An Eclectic Literary and Cultural Magazine. Her poetry can be found in The Poetry Kit, Prism, and Mastodon Dentist, as well as in upcoming issues of Poesia, The Wandering Hermit Review, and The Pen. She is also an avid photographer whose photos have been published in Spire, The New Yinzer, and Sien und Werden.

© Tracy M. Rogers

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