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Peace From the Sea

Updated on May 26, 2013

Lena slips off her sandals, leaving them in the grass as she steps into the sand.

Lena takes a few minutes to squish the sand in between her toes.

She breathes in comfort from the salty sea air.

In the distance, a few sea gulls are flying over the ocean.

The beach has always brought peace to Lena.

She so desperately needs that comforting peace today.

After twenty-three years of devoting her life to Bradley, she is now alone again.

He left so suddenly.

Lena's heart feels as if it now has a huge hole in it.

She does not know how her life is supposed to look without Bradley a part of it.

As Lena steps into the surf, she notices she should have painted her toe nails.

Toe nails should be painted to come to the beach.

Bradley always hated when she painted her toe nails.

Lena lifts her skirt to her knees as she wades further into the sea.

How beautiful and serene she feels as the water cleans away her fears.

She keeps stepping further until the water is up around her chest.

She does not try to swim or stay upright.

Lena notices the bright shining sun as she tells Bradley,

"I will be there soon."

She takes one final breath for air.

Lena finds her comfort in the sea.

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      lcbenefield 4 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Frank, for reading. It is sad when a person does not know who they are as a person but define themselves as only part of a couple. Thinking like that leaves one at a loss when the other half of the couple is gone. I am glad you enjoyed it.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      what a sad tragic event with a woman who really couldn't handle a loss.. it's sad when people think this way instead of making them both live in the memories they shared.. I loved it though.. made for a fantastic read

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      shanmarie 4 years ago

      All I can say is that I hope it is fiction!

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      lcbenefield 4 years ago from Georgia

      Hello, shanmarie. Thanks so much for reading and commenting. Lena's death is a tragedy. It has been interesting to me to see others' responses to her decision.

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      shanmarie 4 years ago

      What an incredibly tragic tale! On a side note, though, I enjoyed your exchange with romeos quill. It was a nice look at emotional response of readers vs. matter of fact points from the author who has already thought it all through.

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      rdsparrowriter 4 years ago

      I can totally understand that.

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      lcbenefield 4 years ago from Georgia

      Rd, Thanks for reading and for the votes. Letting yourself get so wrapped up in being a part of a couple can be dangerous. When the other half of the couple is gone, suddenly, we wonder, what now. That's where Lena was at.

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      rdsparrowriter 4 years ago

      Beautiful and sad but thinking of living a day without the one your heart loves most is unbearable. voted up and awesome :)

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      lcbenefield 4 years ago from Georgia

      Isaac, Thanks for reading. I appreciate the kind words. In Lena's world, she did live happily ever after. Her world was extremely skewed.

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      TDM 4 years ago from Welcome to my beautiful world, where magic is no longer a myth.

      My goodness that was so sad. painful to read. But, I guess in the nd she lived happily ever after. I just don't like happily ever afters like that, :). great job. Though sad you did a great job writing it. I voted up.

      I. White

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      lcbenefield 4 years ago from Georgia

      Blossom and MsDora, Thanks to you both for reading and for the kind comments. I am so glad you enjoyed this.

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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      I like Romeo's comment. I don't think I can improve on that, except to add "good poetry."

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      A well-written poem - with a twist in its tail. I really didn't see that end coming, I thought she was going to find God's peace on that beach. Clever writing.

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      lcbenefield 4 years ago from Georgia

      Faith and Shofar, Thanks for reading. It's always nice when either of you stop by for a visit. The beach does offer serenity but God offers more and better. Lena either did not realize that or forgot that in her view of living without Bradley. When in the depths of despair, when we need God's comfort the most, is usually the most difficult time to realize He cares for us so greatly.

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      shofarcall 4 years ago

      This made me gasp! Such a drastic decision! Did she not know she could lean into Jesus for comfort? That He was her rock?

      A very well written piece, bringing vividly to life the despair that can drive people to drastic/wrong actions. God Bless.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Oh my goodness! That was unexpected. I do find great serenity at the desolate beaches with my toes in the warm sands and hearing the sounds of the seagulls and the wind blowing, with salty lips.

      Interesting write here.

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      Romeos Quill 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Icbenefield

      Lena's loyalty to Bradley is absolutely commendable, and Bradley was extremely fortunate to spend his time with her. You're so right about the grief - it seems to be like a temporary, mental illness, as it becomes impossible for common sense to make sense of its emotions - the pain, heartache, loneliness, anger etc... it becomes insurmountable, it seems to ordinarily bridge that gap, as grief seems to be a supernatural problem, requiring a supernatural answer; that God Himself needs to 'take over', and comfort the mourner, for the loss of that loved one.

      A great post, that opens up room for useful discussion, and throws up some interesting questions.

      Yours Sincerely,

      Romeo's Quill

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      lcbenefield 4 years ago from Georgia

      Romeos, You have a good point. Bradley, as any person, would want Lena to move past her grief to find a life without him. She could see nothing but being with him. Grief has a way of blinding some people and making them take leave of their sensibilities. Thus, the dangers of loving another person to the point of losing sense of one's self.

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      Romeos Quill 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      It's good to see you as well : )

      It is so painfully romantic.....but would Bradley,in his now unseen love,want her to live,and find another happiness?I know if I was him,and I loved a woman beyond the stars,I would want her to find comfort with someone who could make her feel alive again. : )

      Yours Sincerely,

      Romeo's Quill

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      lcbenefield 4 years ago from Georgia

      Hi, Romeos. So nice to see you. Thanks for the read and comment. Lena longed to be with Bradley. She just could not live without him.

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      Romeos Quill 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Don't do it Lena....you're too beautiful!Think of your family,and friends.The sea will always be there,but will the ocean ever blink a watery lid for you?

      R.Q.