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“Why Me..?”

I went to a party Mom,
I remembered what you said.
You told me not to drink, Mom,
So I drank soda instead.

I really felt 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 are always right.
Now the party is finally ending, Mom,
As everyone is driving 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,
So responsible and neat.

I started to drive away, Mom,
But as I pulled out into the road,
The other car didn’t see me, Mom,
And hit me like a load.

As I lay there on the pavement, Mom,
I hear the policeman say,
“The other guy is drunk,” Mom,
And now I’m the one who will pay.

I’m lying here dying, Mom….
I wish you’d get here soon.
How could this happen to me, Mom?
My life just burst like a balloon.

There is blood all around me, Mom,
And most of it is mine.
I hear the medic say, Mom,
I’ll die in a 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 was probably at the same party as I.
The only difference is, he drank
And I will die.

It can ruin your whole life.
I’m feeling sharp pains now.
Pains just like a knife.

The guy who hit me is walking, Mom,
And I don’t think it’s fair.
I’m lying here dying
And all he can do is stare.

Tell my Sister not to cry, Mom.
Tell Dad to be brave.
And when I go to heaven, Mom,
Put “Mum’s Boy” on my grave.

Someone should have told him, Mom,
Not to drink and drive.
If only they had told him, Mom,
I would still be alive.

My breath is getting shorter, Mom.
I’m becoming very scared.
Please don’t cry for me, Mom.
When I needed you, you were always there.

I have one last question, Mom.
Before I say good bye.
I didn’t drink and drive,
So why am I the one to die?

Written by a grieving Mum 2000


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My Son is well and happy but he does carry this poem in his wallet.(this is not my son)

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Comments

  • Anna Shaw
    Anna Shawover 4 years ago

    Oh Kathryn, what a sad and terrible story. You portray so well the grief of loosing a child. It has moved me to tears.
    xx

  • My Son is well and happy but he does carry this poem in his wallet.(this is not my son it is a young man willing to pose for me a few years ago)
    I still cry every time I read it,so does my son, and he is a big strapping lad now.

    – Kathryn Potempski

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedover 4 years ago

    I can hardly write for tears – I hope this didn’t happen to your son Kathryn. Yes Alcohol is responsible for many tragedies of different kinds. Fantastic writing !!

  • My Son is well and happy but he does carry this poem in his wallet.(this is not my son it is a young man willing to pose for me a few years ago)
    I still cry every time I read it,so does my son, and he is a big strapping lad now.

    – Kathryn Potempski

  • Sonia de Macedo-Stewart
    Sonia de Maced...over 4 years ago

    tears dripping down my cheeks, this is so painful and will talk to any mother. What a strong and vivid way to illustrate this horrible plague amongst youngster. I dread the day by boys grow to that age and I won’t be there to watch them and drive them…

  • My Son is well and happy but he does carry this poem in his wallet.(this is not my son it is a young man willing to pose for me a few years ago)
    I still cry every time I read it,so does my son, and he is a big strapping lad now.

    – Kathryn Potempski

  • Eeva47
    Eeva47over 4 years ago

    Excellent portrait!

  • Thank you Eva,I like to think this poem has kept my son safe over the years.Thank you for for finding the time to read the poem.

    – Kathryn Potempski

  • hereforfun
    hereforfunover 4 years ago

    A wonderful image to accompany your image Kathryn beautifully done, many sleepless nights l spent when my son was first driving until l heard his car come in safe and sound,l can only imagine the pain this mother has gone through…………

  • I agree Trudi, I like to think this poem has kept my son safe over the years.Thank you for for finding the time to read the poem.

    – Kathryn Potempski

  • Sonia de Macedo-Stewart
    Sonia de Maced...over 4 years ago

    I didn’t dare ask if this was for your son, it makes me happy he’s well and alive… I will print this and keep it in my wallet till My boys are old enough to carry it. Thank you for this wonderful poem Kathryn ;-)

  • There you go Sonia, the Mum has done her job, thank you my dear.

    – Kathryn Potempski

  • John  Kowalski
    John Kowalskiover 4 years ago

    The sad truth is – someone will drink and drive, and more than likely be responsible for the death of our innocent children. I read this piece a long time ago and I still become emotional when ever I read it.

  • John,
    I picture the poor mum in my mind and the tears just flow, if her poem just stops one drink driver she has achieved some good from something so tragic.
    take care and thank you.

    – Kathryn Potempski

  • Tainia Finlay
    Tainia Finlayover 4 years ago

    Such a beautiful pensive portrait Kathryn, well done indeed. The words hit you like a steam train. My dear friends and neighbours lost their son. I weep for them. Very moving beautiful work Kathryn as alway you put such feeling into your art.

  • How sad for your friends the pain must be unmeasurable , I took a range of portraits of this young man and they all looked sad or angry they draw strong emotional feelings from me yet he is a complete stranger maybe maternal but strange nun the less.

    – Kathryn Potempski

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 4 years ago


    bravo !
    my best, your host (francis).

  • Thank you for the feature , it is a hard topic but one that needs to be discussed.

    – Kathryn Potempski

  • Medusa
    Medusaover 4 years ago

    Poignant…

    Magnificent…

    Dx

  • How sad to loose so many Ja,I feel this poem should be in every ones wallet it may just stop that one drink or that one person getting behind the wheel thank you Delphine.

    – Kathryn Potempski

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