With Halloween just around the corner, here’s a poem I wrote that was published in this month’s issue of The Writer’s Grapevine, a publication of Tell It to the World Marketing. You can click on the title to hear me read it. I hope you have a safe and happy Halloween.
In the fifth grade classroom,
topless pumpkins sit on our desks.
Still recovering from stomach flu,
while others laugh and chatter over their pumpkins,
I grit my teeth,
stick my hands inside mine, grasp slimy innards.
The stench fills the air.
“Please, may I go to the bathroom?” I ask.
“I have to throw up.”
“No,” the teacher answers.
“You need to finish your pumpkin.”
My stomach heaves, mouth opens.
Amid exclamations of disgust from my classmates,
the pumpkin, desk, floor, teacher
are covered with my own innards.
Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books
When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.
Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.