Eileen Van Hook


Now my vision is distorted.
The scans of my right eye
reveal a retina as ruffled
as disturbed water
or a grieving daughter.
I hear myself saying:
"please don't let it get worse".
Wait – am I praying?
To whom?
Perhaps there is a god
and she poked me in the eye
to get my attention.


Eileen Van Hook has had poetry and prose published in various literary magazines, journals and anthologies. She attends classes and workshops in New Jersey and New York and was the featured poet at a reading in Sugar Loaf, New York. Her poem, "The Bad Eye" placed first in a poetry contest in the Writer's Journal and she has recently been named a Pushcart Prize nominee. Eileen lives and writes in the mountains of northwestern New Jersey.