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 Category:  Children Flash Fiction
  Posted: April 18, 2020      Views: 107

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In the aftermath of the devastating storm in Haiti
"After Hurricane Matthew" by Anya Trofimova



After hurricane Matthew, our mothers tried to fill our mouths with something, anything to keep us quiet, like bruises gently folded behind skin. Shameless, we burst into the school, picked the classrooms clean, desecrated walls, and extinguished the books, until our faces wore the poisonous white lead grimaces of Victorian women.


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Hurricane Matthew was the first Category 5 Atlantic hurricane since Felix in 2007. Matthew caused catastrophic damage and a humanitarian crisis in Haiti, as well as widespread devastation in the southeastern United States.

In Victorian times, women "painted" their faces and arms with white paints and enamels. This was a commonly-used type of make-up. These substances were also corrosive to the skin because they contained lead, mercury, and arsenic so women would have to keep applying them to cover the damage.

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