April 28, 2015

The night after I found out about the stabbing four of us drove to the Indiana Dunes. We arrived on shore to shocking pink sunset. You could see Chicago from across the lake. Stepping into water sand sucked my heels insisting the tide lap my knees and creepy crawl my eddying thoughts. They climbed the dunes. I laid in the sand offering my skin to mosquitoes. We stayed until the stars unveiled themselves. Walking back to the car I knew I underestimated the earth and all its water. How do I proceed among the quiet beauty and the clumsy evil


–Sade Murphy (St. Joseph County)



Sade Murphy is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame. Her poetry has been published in Action, Yes! and LIT, with poemsforthcoming in Spoon River Poetry Review and glittermob. Her first book, Dream Machine, was published last November by co•im•press. She lives and works in South Bend as a silk painter with Silk Creations, a collective of women artists, and will attend the Pratt Institute beginning this fall for her MFA.

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