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Morning Collision

Updated on February 10, 2016
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Poetry is the food of the soul. It's my greatest contribution to the world and an area I can always grow.

Visiting my Local Hospital
Visiting my Local Hospital

Last week I miraculously walked away from a front end collision at highway speeds. As I saw my view being filled by a hurtling SUV too close to avoid, I was certain that my life would be over in a matter of seconds. Yet, by some unseen hand, I'm still here, walking, talking, and writing. I have some injuries and I'll be spending my nights at my Chiropractor, but its a small price to pay for being here.

After my release from the hospital, one would expect anger or remorse, yet I am always smiling and have found a fresh outlook on life. I'm noticing tiny details of my surroundings and as soon as my broken wrist heals up, will be exercising my writing skills to their fullest with so many new inspiring things.

To everyone in the Hubpages community, those I know and those I hope to someday know - Have a great day!!!!

After the other vehicle was towed away
After the other vehicle was towed away
The impact was so hard that it tore the license plate in two
The impact was so hard that it tore the license plate in two
My car totalled - this 1991 Ford Explorer took hardly any damage - amazing
My car totalled - this 1991 Ford Explorer took hardly any damage - amazing
My wife says this is the angel who was riding shotgun
My wife says this is the angel who was riding shotgun
Front end of my 2001 Toyota Echo
Front end of my 2001 Toyota Echo
Up close and ugly
Up close and ugly

Morning commute

Eventless trip

Cold with fog

Talk radio and scenery

Almost there

Crossing the highway

Light green

Speed maintained

Normalcy halted

Windshield filled

From nowhere

Certain death

My final moment

Thinking of her

Bracing seems useless

Imminent impact

Big truck

Little car

Short straw

No luck today

Thunderous collision

Airbags deploy

Hurling forward

Then silence

Afraid to look

Ringing ears

Lucid and surreal

Somehow alive

Reality catches up

Avalanche of sound

Lights flashing

Voices everywhere

Suddenly realize

Center of attention

Rapid questions

Slow to respond

Senses a step behind

Catching up a bit

Focus then breathe

Time to go

Icy whipping winds

Lights in eyes

Shaky but upright

Adrenalin flows

Looking down

Scattered plastic


A pink puddle

The carnage

Warped remains

Etched forever

A memory

Looking above

Perfect clarity


Giving thanks

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  • RJ Schwartz profile imageAUTHOR

    Ralph Schwartz 

    4 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    I'm still in one piece and starting to heal. Thanks everyone for your kind words.

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    Gypsy Rose Lee 

    4 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

    God bless you and so glad you walked away from this. Hope you feel much better soon. Here in Latvia we have many dangerous drivers and many of them have been drinking. Unfortunately here is you get into a bad collision very rarely you walk away from it. I can tell you I'm so glad we don't have a car.

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    Surabhi Kaura 

    4 years ago

    Oh dear... take care. Glad that you are well.

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    Ruby Jean Richert 

    4 years ago from Southern Illinois

    Wow, what a horrible event! Take care Hubber friend..

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    Linda Robinson 

    4 years ago from Cicero, New York

    Wow Ralph what a frightening hub. So happy for you that you survived this horrendous accident. Your thoughts and emotions and photos, wow an amazing hub. Linda

  • RJ Schwartz profile imageAUTHOR

    Ralph Schwartz 

    4 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Yes my brother, that is me in the Emergency Room. There were pieces of wreckage strewn for 50 feet or more.

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    4 years ago from london

    Is that you, Bro, on that thing of a bed? Scary ...scary are the bits of metal, too.

    This is a wonderful Hub, and I truly enjoyed it. You write like fire and Love. Some of your Hubs are Love-filled and others fire-filled, whatever that means to you.

    So glad you are alive! Watch that mortality!

  • RJ Schwartz profile imageAUTHOR

    Ralph Schwartz 

    4 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    I certainly was lucky - thanks

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    John Hansen 

    4 years ago from Queensland Australia

    My God RJ! You certainly are blessed to have escaped with your life. Thank you for sharing that horrific experience. The poem captures the moment perfectly.

  • RJ Schwartz profile imageAUTHOR

    Ralph Schwartz 

    4 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Thanks - someone's looking out for me I guess. Gotta be around when Trump gets elected.

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    Old Poolman 

    4 years ago

    Wow, I am amazed you lived to write about this. Glad you only had minor injuries.


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