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Author Name: TrialAnn 3 Comments
Date Added: August 29, 2004 08:08:15 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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The Unthinkable--A Parent's Nightmare
My daughter’s eyes were heavy

as she turned to look at me,

unthinkable that life had happened

in the way she had to see.

A speeding car had opened them

in a twinkling of the eye,

her friends had met reality

in ways they could not deny.

Another simple night of summer

intent upon some fun

had ended in disaster

and could not be undone.

Rushing to their side

the hospital—intensive care

this could not be happening

life had showed it is unfair.

“She’ll have to learn to walk again.”

My daughter said to me

her voice caught deeply in her throat,

how could God let this be?

A lesson stumbled into August

through no fault of their own,

and families weep the tears today

as they face this hurt alone.

I hugged my child with a vengeance then

it could have been her turn,

sometimes the gift is given this way

in order for them to learn.

She pulled away in the driver’s seat

her seat belt firmly clasped,

her careful turn reminded me

of what she’d learned unasked.

We cannot keep them always near

it isn’t nature’s way.

I know though they’ll be in my heart

as we all reflect upon that day.

Author's Notes:
My daughter's good friends had a car accident this week with disasterous results as someone ran a stop sign and they hit them. Luckily no one died, but it will be a long recovery for at least one of them.
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Comment By: FreeMelody on April 25, 2009 04:42:06 PM Report
wow this gave me goose bumps. Especially the last part. This scares me because I  have a 13 yr old daughter and its already becoming painfully real. They grow up to fast. great write. Melod
Comment By: FreeCynthia Jones on December 18, 2004 10:03:00 PM Report
Ann, this is so sad. I was reading this and was thinking, oh no, don't tell me your daughters friends died. This tugged at my heart. Very sad write. *S* Cynthia
Comment By: Freecuddlytiger on November 13, 2004 03:58:43 PM Report
These types of poems always give me goosebumps and pull at my heart. Very expressive write, I'm sure all who read it will rethink things a bit.


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