Eve’s Plight

Riddled with pain, ceaseless pain, unfair pain. Why must we suffer? Her words ring in her ears, a shell of bitterness exploding near her heart. To suffer: to endure pain or distress; to sustain loss or damage; to be subject to disability or handicap. First watching him unravel, then rehab, then food stamps, then the fighting—always silent…

Twenty-Seven

  Twenty-seven. Almost to the minute. I am sitting on a small dune in South Haven, Michigan surrounded by sea grass and finely pebbled sand. Looking out across the lake, my eyes are speckled with images of tiny sail boats and a long, lean boardwalk with a beautiful red lighthouse at its tip, warning sailors…