A moment of poetic seriousness...

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Posted by Tom Hollywood on November 12, 98 at 14:29:03:

The Innocent Victim

I went to that party, Mom
And remembered what you said
You told me not to drink
So I drank root beer instead

I really felt proud inside
The way you said I would
I didn't drink and drive
Though the others said I should

I know I did the right thing, Mom
I know you're always right
Now the party is finally ending
And people drive into the night

As I got into my car, Mom
I knew I'd get home fine
Because the way you raised me
So responsible and kind

I started to drive away, Mom
And as I pulled into the street
The other car didn't see me
And slammed me from my seat

As I lay there on the pavement, Mom,
I hear the policeman say
"The other guy is drunk!"
Now I'm the one who'll pay

I'm lying here and dying, Mom
I wish you'd get here soon
How could this have happened to me
My end has come to soon

There is blood all around me, Mom
And most of it is mine
I hear the paramedics say
I'll die in a short time

I just wanted to tell you, Mom
I swear I didn't drink
It was the others, not me
Who simply didn't think

Why do people drink, Mom
It can ruin an entire life
I'm feeling sharp pains now
And my vision's not quite right

The guy who hit me is walking, Mom,
And I don't think that is fair
Since I'm the one choking on blood
While he inhales fresh air

Tell my brother not to cry, Mom
And ask Daddy to be brave
Please don't let my little sister
Sit and grieve before my grave

Someone should have told him, Mom
Told him not to drink and drive
If only they had told him
I know I'd be alive

My breath is getting shorter, Mom
I'm becoming very scared
But please don't kneel and cry for me
Because I know you were always there

I have one final question, Mom
A last thing I need to know...
If I didn't drink and drive this night
Why am I the one to go?

Inspired by an e-mail I received from my Mom about a kid killed by yet another stinking drunken driver!


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