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As prom season is upon us, I thought that the following anonymously written poem would be appropriate for this week’s article. If you are going to a prom this year please read it, if you have children who will be attending a prom pass it on to them. Let’s be sure to keep our young adults alive and able to pursue the adventure that is the rest of their lives.


The Death of an Innocent


I went to a party, mom,

I remembered what you said.

You told me not to drink, mom,

So I drank soda instead.

I felt really proud inside, mom,

The way you said I would.

I didn't drink and drive, mom,

Even 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, mom,

As everyone drives out of sight.

As I got into my car, mom,

I knew I'd get home in one piece,

Because of the way you raised me, mom,

So responsible and sweet.

I started to drive away, mom,

But as I pulled onto the road,

The other car didn't see me, mom,

And hit me like a load.

As I lie here on the pavement, mom,

I hear the policeman say,

The other guy is drunk, mom,

And now I'm the one who'll pay.

I'm lying here dying, mom,

I wish you'd get here soon.

How come this happened to me, mom?

My life bursts like a balloon.

There is blood all around me, mom,

Most of it is mine.

I hear the paramedic say, mom,

I'll die in a very short time.

I just wanted to tell you, mom,

I swear I didn't drink.

It was the others, mom,

The others didn't think.

He didn't know where he was going, mom,

He was probably at the same party as I,

The only difference is, mom,

He drank, and I will die.

Why do people drink, mom?

It can ruin your whole life.

I'm feeling sharp pains now, mom,

Pains just like a knife.

The guy who hit me is walking, mom,

I don't think that is fair;

I'm lying here dying, mom,

While all he can do is stare.

Tell my brother not to cry, mom,

Tell daddy to be brave,

And when I go to heaven, mom,

Write "Daddy's Girl" on my grave.

Someone should have told him, mom,

Not to drink and drive.

If only they would have taken the time, mom,

I might still be alive.

My breath is getting shorter, mom,

I'm becoming very scared.

Please don't cry for me, mom,

Because when I needed you, you were always there.

I have one question, mom,

Before I say goodbye,

I didn't ever drink, mom,

So why am I to die?

This is the end, mom,

I wish I could look you in the eye,

To say these final words, mom,

I love you and goodbye.

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