Death on an otherwise peaceful Friday night

What price are you willing to pay for a little fun?

You do not have the right, to take anothers life

A kiss on the cheek, was the last thing my mother gave to me.

The day I died was like many days before,

I woke up, and got dressed and I headed out the door.

I told my Mom, I love her.

I kissed my little brothers cheek.

I apologized to my dad for missing dinner for the third time this week.

The day that I died it was a peaceful Friday night

I headed out with friends, and I remembered praying that the night would not end.

Little did I know, how the night would soon go

It really wasn’t my fault

I did just as I was taught

When I was offered a beer,

I said no thanks, and then listened to hear.

My friends said, just have one,

They said, we’re all entitled to have a little fun.

But still I knew I would have to drive

I repeated no thanks, without compromise.

Eventually they didn’t ask-and as the minutes and hours past,

I was ready to head home soon.

I looked up at a full moon,

I took a deep breath,

And I reminded myself- these memories will never last.

I said my goodbyes to all my girls and a few guys

I then got in my car, made sure I was buckled in secure

I thought to myself, this was a night I’ll never forget

About a mile down the street,

I paused for another driver to go before me

When it was my turn, I never thought twice

And before I knew what hit me,

I felt like I was being stabbed with a knife

Everything got dark,

I smelt the tires burn.

I have no clue what happened,

I thought it was my turn.

A familiar voice I recognized,

From the party it was a popular guy

I then hear the sirens,

I then feel my blood,

A paramedic asked me,

If I understood,

I looked at her because I didn’t,

She said my mom was on the way, and she would be here any minute.

She would stay with me and wait?

That made me so happy to hear,

My mom always made things better and saw things so clear.

I told the paramedic, I didn’t drink

I told her it was starting to hurt as I tried to breathe and speak

She told me it was okay, and the rest could just wait.

She let go of my hand, as she stood up and looked at another man.

The popular boy’s voice was back

His mother was crying and his father sounded really mad

Then I heard my mother speak

All of a sudden I felt different, and weak

I felt my mother by my side

She kissed my cheek and the spot just over my eye

I looked up at her, as the pavement began to feel cold

I held out my hand for her to grasp and to hold

It took all I had, to tell her not to be sad

By this time I knew,

My time on earth was almost threw

I told her how lucky I’ve been, to have parents as great as they’ve been

I asked her to do me one thing, tell my brother stories to remind him of me.

I said I will be watching over you, and make sure that life is good to you

My memory you will hold inside-Knowing I knew wrong from Right

My life was worth something, and I am proud you taught me to see

All the greatness I have, please tell my Daddy not to be sad.

I need to know you will be okay

I love you so much mom, why did my life have to end this way?

The tears flow from my eyes,

My chest becomes heavy, as I began to feel like I was drifting towards the sky.

One last kiss on the cheek,

Was the last thing my mother gave to me

Before I laid there and died,

That last Friday night

That boy had so much to drink,

So much he didn’t stop to think- maybe tonight I shouldn’t drive...

I had nothing to drink- because I stopped to think-and I was the one who has died.

Before next Friday night, think before you leave,

because you could be that boy or you could end up being me.

 

Think before you drink-and before you think you can drive

With Prom time- Summer time, and Good Times in the horizon- all to often adolescence as well as adults don’t stop to think after they have had a few drinks. Consider what the price could end up being if you do decide to gamble. Lives are at risk-and if you are lucky, it will be your own, not someone who doesn’t deserve the ending that you so thoughtlessly wrote for them.

No need to think about it- Just don't do it

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h.a.borcich 6 years ago

Very thought provoking and a great read for teens caught in the thick of it. Holly


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ezzy1512 6 years ago

It's a great hub.


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samboiam 6 years ago from Texas

H.C. absolutely amazing. We recently had a 16 year old girl killed in our community because of an alcohol related crash. She had not been drinking but the other driver was intoxicated.

Such a sad story.


Nan 6 years ago

Good Hub, No drinking and driving. The Angels were watching over you.


ralwus 6 years ago

Seems like this story is played out every year, somewhere, repeatedly. So sad and such a waste and a crime as well. I do hope this sinks into some one out there. Great message.


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Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia

What a vital message for us all. It is all about making the right choices. I hope this will make many stop and think. Very poignant indeed.


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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

Thank you for writing on behalf of all victims of drunk driving. It is such an avoidable tragedy.


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Rafini 6 years ago from Somewhere I can't get away from

A story worth sharing with millions. Brilliant. :)


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Holly, Thanks for coming by and taking the time to read this hub. So many people lose their lives for such a stupid problem which can so easily be avoided. I appreciate your encouragement and feedback


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

ezzy1512,

Thanks for reading and for leaving a comment-I appreciate it greatly


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

samboiam,

I am sorry to hear of the loss within your community- Very Tragic. I use to be amongst the wrong when I often made the decision to drink and drive- Thank God I never hurt anyone, nor did I hurt myself... But I was lucky, many are not. I have since decided that the cost is not worth the gamble I was taking-I hope many more realize this as well.

Thank you for reading and for leaving a comment


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Nan-

Simple and True Comment. No Drinking and Driving! You can never be sure what that decision may end up costing you. Thanks for leaving a comment :)


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

ralwus,

I am glad to see you back- I hope that you are doing alright.

Thanks for leaving a message on this hub- you are right by saying, "What a Waste and A Crime", so many think that it is all in the spirit of fun. I guess they are right, until they wake up in a hospital, in jail, or worse-don't wake up at all and are laying in the mortuary.


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Veronica,

Hello Ma'am, glad you had a chance to read this one. I agree that this is such an important problem which the consequences should be laid out for all to see in order to save a life that doesnt deserve to end. Drinking and Driving although frowned upon is threaded throughout society and often looked at as being a socially acceptable issue passed through from generation to generation- So Tragic Indeed...


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

lorie,

Thank you for leaving a comment- there are so many victims when it comes to drunk driving fatalities, more than the one who needlessly loses their life. The families of both persons involved are also victims that will be left without because someone forgot to think because they decided to drink.


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Rafini,

Many thanks for leaving me a comment. I appreciate it, very much so. Although I probably wont be read by millions (would be nice though) I agree that this is something that needs to be made perfectly clear to many youths who dont consider the consequences of their action. All too often the mind set of, "It wont happen to me", ends up being, "I wish I would have thought twice before I decided to drive"


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

An important message, delivered with the grace and eloquence. I live in a college town, and hear about accidents involving drunk drivers all too often. When I was a teenager, the first person who ever hired me for a job was killed when his car was hit by a drunk driver. I never forgot hearing the news. As you point out, there are many people who suffer when someone decides to drink and drive--not just the driver.

I hope this hub is read by as many people as possible--the message needs to be heard.

Mike


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Internetwriter62 6 years ago from Marco Island, Florida

A message for many people, especially young people, who think it is cool to drive intoxicated. I have friends who didn't die due to bad drivers, but ended up very hurt and with permanent injuries. I don't even have wine when I am the one driving, I wish others would do the same. Excellent hub.


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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

Wow, HC. Brilliant. Touching. You did a great job conveying a message that unfortunately may never grow old. Kudos to you for this hub!


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Thanks Mike for reading and commenting. I bet most of us have been touched by such a tragic situation at some point in time- I have known 2 people who have lost their lives due to alcohol related accidents-it is so needless. I appreciate you sharing your story- I am sorry that you have experienced such a loss as well-


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Internetwriter- Thanks for stopping by and reading this hub-and thanks for the compliment :)

This is something that I hope each teen understands-because even if they dont-if they do this and they hurt or kill another person-they will never forget, the consequences of a fun night out with friends


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Ann-

Thanks dear, for leaving a comment :) I am glad that you approve-I am sure you are right, this is a message that is gonna be preached over and over again...so, so sad the ending is for so many kids


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nadiaazhar 6 years ago from kuwait

thats thought provoking and made me sad, but it's beautifully written, congrats H.C on having 300 followers, you are doing great.keep up the good work. are u on facebook i would love to have you on my friends list.

take care,love,Nadia


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Nadia---Oh wow, that's so coooool..... I had no idea I hit 300-thanks for the info, and for stopping by to read another hub :) I always appreciate and look forward to reading your feedback, you are an awesome follower..xxhc


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tom hellert 6 years ago from home

I don't hate you for being suchh a good writer- I realize i should have paid more attention in English class Its obvious to see your a fine writer- this was not what I expectedwhen I saw the title- considering i actually have died-I am glad it was not due too drinking , I have never toughed a drop EVER- I have seen that scene descibed played out too many times....YOU ARE A GREAT WRITER.... can't wait to see whats next


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Tom, I am so sorry for your suffering-I am sorry if this title was misleading for you, but I am also glad that you took the time to read and to comment, even after you found that it was not what you expected it to be.


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ahorseback 6 years ago

I think the sadest part of youth is re-inventing the learning process, I did it, you too, nice hubs...


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

ahorseback

So many of us wish we could go back and redo so many things- Unfortunatly some things that are fatal mistakes are forever- All young people need to know and truly understand this. thanks for your comment and I am glad that you had a chance to learn life as well :)


amanda 5 years ago

im a teenage girl, doing a report on drunk driving. this story was very touching, i kinda starting crying. this really opened my eyes and im not going to drink and if i ever do i will deffintly not drive. this was an amazing poem.


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Amanda,

Thanks for reading and letting the poem hit your heart. I truly hope you always remember the saddness that you felt while you read this-and think....what if it was real-and it was me who died or me who killed another person. Drinking and Driving is so senseless-and can be a mistake that you can not recover from...Enjoy your youth, and your friends, and if you ever get yourself in a position that you are going to drink and drive---call your parents/ they may be mad-but they will be glad that you are still alive. Good Luck on Your Report Amanda :)

HC Porter


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore

Holly what an excellent hub and very touching too. I can relate to everything you have written. I hope people read this and see the photos to remind them "to think before your drink" and Never drink and drive.

Voted Up and Useful!!

BTW Huge congrats on that 100 score!!


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H.C Porter 4 years ago from Lone Star State Author

The Clean Life-

Thank you for the comment. I actually went out this past weekend for my girlfriends birthday. It was 3 of us headed out. I met them at a restaurant, where I had water and they had margarita's. We then went to a club- I had one drink when we first arrived and them 5 glasses of water over the following 3 hours before it was time to leave. I had wanted to go hours before-but I knew that my girlfriends were too drunk to drive. One friend decided to stay, where as the bday girl allowed me to take her home. The friend that stayed was arrested for a DWI, and has lost her right to drive for 2 years and has had her vehicle impounded.She does not recall getting arrested or pulled over. My response was, it could of been worse- perhaps the police saved a life Friday night?

The fun is never worth what it could cost when it comes to Drinking and Driving- People really should consider life before they drive, if not their own, someone else's. Thanks for the read :) I appreciate the feedback :)


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore

Wow Holly she was lucky to only have lost her right to drive and you are so right, she could of killed herself or an innocent person or persons. I know Holly, I write about this all the time and just hope it will hit home to someone that over drinks or has an addiction to alcohol and make them think before they get behind the wheel.


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H.C Porter 4 years ago from Lone Star State Author

the clean life, I think the main problem is the ones that need to think a little more are also the ones that are never going to surf the internet for reading material. I have been 6 months in the working trying to create a Youtube 'something', with the intention of scaring the crap out of some people-but for the most beneficial of reasons-to save lives. Too many pointless deaths-too many people not thinking. I am stuck on it... need to find an innovative way to relay a message that had been overlooked for a very long time...i will let you know if i ever finish it :)


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore

Holly I know exactly what you mean. They are too busy out boozing it up. i have written about 260+ hubs on alcoholism and drinking and driving etc. in hope to get the word out but as you said people are just not reading it except hubbers. They are indexed in Google , Yahoo but people are not seaching for things like this. I even write about how to get sober like I did. We will have to think of something to get this point out in the open. I hope you get the you tube going and in the meantime I will continue to write and think of a way.

Mark


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H.C Porter 4 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Mark, and that is all we can do-because when it comes down to it- it has to be a real choice to make for a real person to follow it. Lets continue to think of new ways to reach people...I suppose every bit helps, right?

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