Death on an otherwise peaceful Friday night
What price are you willing to pay for a little fun?
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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.
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