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0 posted 2000-07-06 07:47 PM

Once Upon Time

Morning came. They always come
Drops of dew lined up one by one
There was nothing different from any other day
No one could predict what was on its way

The band of tar laid out in soil
No one could see the thin layer of oil
A car sped down so fast
The needle trembled it would ever last!

A driver young, careless and free
Behind the wheel but he did not see
His vision impaired, not yet awaken’
Hill after lucky hill the car had taken

Friends were sitting right beside
In drunken laughter on their homeward ride
With the thrill of speed deep in their eyes
How could they see or realize?

The last set of numbers reached by the needle
No warning, nor sign of evil
The car came flying high over the crest
Swirling out took away their breath

Their car forced into the other lane
The dice have fallen in this deadly game
The car crushed into the oncoming van
Rolling over and over again
Spinning out like tin can

Tires squealing shattered glass
Smoke and fire engulfed their pass
Nothing could defy the impact force
Both cars were taken out of course

No sound escaped from either car
The drive home went too far
All lives were gone, forever more
A widow left, such pain she bore

Her husband became a casualty
Four teenagers died, instantly
The child, the father she will never know
So much pain and only memories to show

Five lives were recklessly thrown away
Friends and family feel such dismay
Five graves lined up in single row
Hovering shadows of a mournful glow

Parents and siblings standing there
Nothing is left, but despair
Widow, …and child hardly grown
Now standing there, …alone

Five crucifix and flowers standing still
Mourners’ now are wondering, was this “His” will
Once upon a time and now five lives are gone
Be careful with yours, you have only one

Have we done all we can to educate?
Why do these things repeat?
Is there nothing we can say?
Is there not a better way?

Helmut and Tori, Oct.1999

The ability to describe life with words is similar to painting a picture; both can be powerful tools.

© Copyright 2000 Helmut Becker - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 2000-07-06 08:42 PM

If you posted this one before, Helmut, I missed it - You speak wisely, my friend.. A poignant story to say the least - Why do we not learn from such somber times??
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2 posted 2000-07-07 12:31 PM

THis is simply beautiful my dear've said it with all the sorrow possible...It's got to be one of my favorites..yep- definantly my favorite!! You take care sweetie!!!

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3 posted 2000-07-07 10:59 AM

Too many times I have seen this repeated.
Too many times.


Tu ne cede malis, sed contra audentior ito. - Virgil.
"Yield thou not to adversity, but press on the more bravely".

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4 posted 2000-07-08 04:23 PM

oh yes
kids think they are so invincible

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5 posted 2000-07-08 05:30 PM

Superb poem. . . touches on an issue that makes us all think. . .

Well done. . .


That which gives light must endure burning
--Victor Frankl

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6 posted 2000-07-08 08:10 PM

Helmut and Tori~
This touches me in the caverns of my heart that has known the pain of losing my brother to the negligence of a drunken driver.

It brings the tears of remembrance flowing as freshly as they fell that day twenty years ago.

Too many times - too many tears - too many hearts have paid the price.

~*The pen of the poet never runs out of ink, as long as we breathe.*~

Geoffrey Sonnen
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7 posted 2000-07-08 09:59 PM

Very well done. It is definitely something teenagers, or ANYONE for that matter, should think about and take heed. Thank you for sharing this.
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Listening to every heart
8 posted 2000-07-09 08:40 AM

Ah Helmut, Tori, you set this before us, would only those who need heed do so...thank you...


~~~Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow.
Helen Keller ~~~

When you want to be loved, look within...KRJ

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Sippin a Timmy's in London
9 posted 2000-07-09 10:27 AM

We hear of things like this too often Helmut ... perhaps if we posted your poem in a few newspapers to help bring across a sadder perspective ... It might have more impact on the readers of the morning news

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10 posted 2000-07-09 03:50 PM

What a wonderful poem, I lost a loved one in a car accident just like this. This is beautiful
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11 posted 2000-07-10 11:53 PM

Thank you to you all for your kind words.
I appriciate all your replies and hope that this poem will save a life some day. I also would like to say thanks for Tori here.

The ability to describe life with words is similar to painting a picture; both can be powerful tools.

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Purgatorial Incarceration
12 posted 2000-08-01 04:26 AM

Hope is sometimes all we have left. Thanks for providing some!
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