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About Gabriel Rheaume

Gabriel Rheaume is a word artist, tree lover, and a person in long term recovery. He has been published in print and various online sources. He is from Michigan and was born in 1982. Gabriel has a bachelor's degree in English from Wayne State University, in Detroit.

Home – By Gabriel Rheaume

  It was the anniversary of her birthday as he sat on the beach. It’s the end of summer in Michigan and the campers are packing up, people are closing their cottages, and everyone is getting ready to go home. The leaves have yet to change and the air is still warm. He remembers sitting there with her, remembers how they were comfortable. Remembers how everything was simple, how everything was beautiful. They were watching the seagulls when he said, “You can almost tell by the way they land that this beach is home.” She looked at him and smiled then rested her head on his shoulder while they watched the waves together. It’s been twelve years since that day, but he still goes to the lake every year to think about it, to think about life and death, to think about her. This is the first year that he’s… Continue reading

Begging For Change – By Gabriel Rheaume

I want the public to treat addiction as a disease, and to see all of those afflicted as their brother, or sister, or neighbor. And then I thought, “How does the public see an addict.” “When I was in active addiction, why did people on the streets scoff at me?” So I put all of those thoughts together and put it all into a piece of photography. Continue reading

Dear Liz – By Gabriel Rheaume

  Dear Elizabeth, I didn’t know you, but I’ve been thinking about you for the past week, since you came up missing. I was following the story – and so was the rest of Michigan. I saw a picture of you with my friends at an NA convention over the winter. I thought you could probably be my friend too. When a drug addict comes up missing, any number of things could happen. I was hoping you were just hiding out in some bad neighborhood in Detroit, which is the best case scenario, but sadly that was not the case. They found your body today. You know this because you were watching and waiting when they finally found you. You were watching and waiting while your sister flew in from out of town to look for you. You were watching and waiting when your family and friends posted “Missing” flyers… Continue reading