Poetry 2017 Longlist, Sakul Garg

Drinking And Driving

Sakul Garg,

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

I really felt proud inside.
The way you told to follow, I would.
I didn’t take even a sip,
Even though, the others said I should.

I know, I did the right thing-
Because you are always right.
Now the party is finally ending,
As everyone is driving out of sight.

As I got into my car,
I knew, I had to get home in one piece-
Because of the way you told me,
With so much care and peace.

I started to drive but,
As I came out into the road,
The other car didn’t see me
And hit me like a load.

I lay here on the pavement.
I hear the policeman say-
“The other guy is drunk”.
And now, I am the one who will pay.

I am lying here dying-
I wish you could reach here soon.
How could this happen to me?
My life just burst like a balloon.

There is blood all around me,
And most of it is mine.
I hear the doctor say-
I will die in a short time.

I just want to tell you, Mom-
I swear, I did not drink.
They were the others who drank,
As they did not even think.

He was probably at the same party as I,
The only difference is- “He drank and I will die”.

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

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

Tell my brother not to cry,
Tell Daddy to be brave.
And when I leave for heaven,
Put “GOOD SON” on my grave.

Why do people drink, Mom?
It can ruin their whole life-
Drinking and Driving is just like
Walking on the edge of knife.

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

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