Peace From the Sea
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.