Friday, 4 April 2008

Why do it?


Speeding through the country lane,
Windscreen wipers pushing through the rain,
Swigging drunkenly from can in hand ,
No thought for others as accelerator is slammed .

Weaving with danger at speed that could kill,
One hand slumped casually over the wheel ,
No seatbelt worn , it’s a safety device
Does she not care, it could save her life?

Approaching a turning she gets such a fright,
A figure from nowhere, comes into her sight,
Too late to brake her speed’s way to fast,
Next thing his face is pressed into the glass.

Frozen in terror, she hears herself scream,
Panic sets in she struggles to breathe,
Windscreen broken, her heart starts to race,
She can’t help but stare at the blood on his face .

Grabbing her mobile she calls for the police,
Directions are given, though so hard to speak,
Sitting there quietly with head in her hands,
Legs feeling heavy as if glued to the ground.

With help appearing she stumbles from the car,
But what her eyes see brings so much more,
Windscreen unbroken and no face appears,
The man in question has disappeared.

“You reported an accident “the police do say,
She tries to explain, but no evidence remains,
Police arrest her, she has failed the test,
Far to much alcohol was on her breath.

In the far distance a figure appears,
Watching intently and shedding tears,
No one can see him it’s been twenty years,
His just a shadow that disappears.

For he was a driver that enjoyed a drink
Despite the warnings he took the risk,
He drove this same country lane,
But one night his life was never the same.

They say he went instantly, with his wife and child,
Too much alcohol brought an end to their world,
Now he haunts the place that they died,
Stopping others in the hope they survive.

28 comments:

exploring life.. said...

a very unusual topic to write a poem! but i really appreciate your choice of words and the way, u expressed the whole story.. very nice :)

Rex Cox said...

I like this.

Eric Valentine said...

A wonderful piece of writing. A powerful poem and an even more powerful message. Well done. :)

Janice Thomson said...

What a wonderful message Stacey! Very powerful and effective poem that some need to read.
I really enjoyed this one. Well done!

ANNA-LYS said...

My dear Stacey,
This late Saturday Evening, I just want to wish You and Your family a wonderful weekend. I will be back reading, pondering and Anna-Lyse ;-)

(( hug ))

Stacey said...

Exploring life, thank you for visiting me!
I like to write about fact and fiction. Unfortunately the fact in this poem is a lot of people choose to get behind a wheel whilst they have been drinking and the fiction is the end part...or is it??? ;-),glad you liked the poem.

Thanks again Rex, pleased you liked it :-)

Eric thank you, sometimes powerful poems are what gets a powerful message through to some, this may make those individuals stop and think twice! :-)

Thanks Janice, everyday we read in papers or see on the news that someone has driven whilst drunk, if this makes just one person stop and think, then the message has got through!! ;->

Hi Anna-Lys, hope that you have a good weekend also...
look forward to you coming back and Anna-Lysinggggg [:->

exploring life.. said...

hmm.. pretty much yes! but overall, i loved the idea :)

ANNA-LYS said...

I will but now, when You are sending me snow this way, I have to take one more long walk with the dog before it arrives. Then I am all Yours!!!
My Nerd *lol*

Stacey said...

Thanks again exploring life :-)


(lol) Anna-Lys, be careful as I have heard that the snow in Sweden is going to be so much worse than over here-especially right near Anna-Lysingggggg's house [:-)
See you back soon (after walking your dog) to do Anna-Lys's Analysing on my (the poet nerd) poem }:->

ANNA-LYS said...

No snow did arrive
sorry for waiting
but I am still alive
after dog hunting

Powerful poetry
with lucid lines
don't even try
with alco in veins

ANNA-LYS said...

Thank God for those ghosts :-D
Lovely important poetry

Rex Cox said...

Thanks Stacey for your recent comments on my blog

Stacey said...

Anna-Lys, and there is you saying you can not write poetry!!! {:-)
Glad you liked this-and yes thank goodness for ghosts {:-O

You're welcome Rex!!

ozymandiaz said...

Too bad we can't have these apperitions installed on every road.

Stacey said...

Ozy...
completely agree with you, if we had more apperitions maybe all roads would be safer !!! ;-)

tumblewords said...

Haunting - that's a cool message - nice work!!

Rex Cox said...

Thank you for your comment on "Chugging..." I'm glad you saw the humor in it.

rebecca said...

wow! what an ending! this was excellent...did not see that coming...i love twists.

Dan said...

Familiar message, but done in a very unique manner.

Stacey said...

Thanks Tummblewords for visiting my blog, haunting words indeed! ;)

Your welcome Rex! :-)

Rebecca thanks for visting me, glad you enjoyed the twists :o

Hi Dan, glad you liked my portrayal of it!! :->

Carol said...

oh wow, Stacey this has such a powerful message, if only it could get to the right people to read, it could save their lives and that of innocent people..

Thank you for your stop over always appreciate your encouraging words..

Blessings :)

samrina said...

Powerful words Stacey..

Well done!

Take care

ANNA-LYS said...

Good Morning Stacey,
Is England sunny today? It must be, 'cause they got You!

(( hug ))

Stacey said...

Thank you Carol
Your words ring so true thank you!

Samrina,
Thank you, for your compliment!

Ann-Lys,
Awwwwww thank you (:~> Yes it is sunny here today! you must have sent the sun over from Sweden for me {:-)

polona said...

there's a powerful message packed in this poem. if only people realised how much damage drink-driving can do...

Marie said...

Great poem with a powerful message. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Stacey said...

Thank you Polona, you're so right, if only people realised the damage they do when they drink and drive! thanks for visting :-)

Maria thank you, sometimes powerful messages are the best, thanks for visitng my site :-)

ANNA-LYS said...

Good Evening my Poet Nerd ;-)
Just visiting to give a hug

(( kram ))