"The Drunk Driving Poem"

I ran across this poem while doing research for my reports on drunk driving. The author is unknown. Check it out.

Death of an Innocent

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 sweet.

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.

Why do people drink, Mom?
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 brother not to cry, Mom.
Tell Daddy to be brave.
And when I go to heaven, Mom,
Put "Daddy's Girl" 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?

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  • by googisantiago Location: elmhurst on Mar 3, 2012 at 08:00 AM
    i ve always loved this poem and thought it was sad
  • by Michi Location: Japan on Jan 28, 2012 at 06:30 PM
    I cried when I heard this. My friend read it to me for the oratorical contest, cause the topic was drinking under the age. Almost everyone in my class cried, especially with the way it was presented. The saddest poem ever.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 17, 2011 at 06:23 PM
    that made me cry
  • by Kate Location: Omaha on Nov 22, 2010 at 02:01 AM
    I have a copy of this poem from 1993 and in what I assume was the original it read "Put Daddy's Little Soldier" on my grave.
  • by nicole Location: pittsburgh on Nov 20, 2010 at 06:43 AM
    Its me, the 13 year old. A few years ago in fifth grade we had a program for drug resistance. At the graduation, my friend was chosen to say this poem on the stage. Its been nearly three years and i still remember it. Im glad i looked it up because now i tell it to everyone. Im not surprised such a poem never escaped my memory. Im sure ill remember it for years to come.
  • by erin Location: New York on Nov 19, 2010 at 07:19 PM
    ilove this poem, im 15 in high school nd i cried wen i read this. this poem relates to many ppl, nd im not even one of them nd this poem mde me hve a diff perspective on life. ilove my family and friends and im not goin to loose them by doin something stupid nd go to drink. i will never drink for as long as i live. RIP to anyone who died from a drunk driver<3
  • by nicole Location: pittsburgh on Nov 19, 2010 at 05:44 PM
    Im only 13. This poem made me cry like nothing ive ever written before. I feel a personal connection to this girl. God bless anyone who goes through this.
  • by Summer Location: belhaven NC on Sep 14, 2010 at 06:47 AM
    I think that peop;e should start having respect for other peole and everybody should read this. No matter what kind of person you are it should mean somthing to you.i love this peom and hope it make others change because it did me.
  • by Jenny Location: North Carolina on Sep 14, 2010 at 06:42 AM
    This is one of the saddest things that could happen to any family. So for all you people out there that drink and drive, please don't you can be risking your and others life. So please don't drink and drive.
  • by Narelle Location: Australia on Aug 22, 2010 at 06:31 PM
    My husband came home from work and told me he had heard a poem read over the radio station. He also lost a brother through Drink Driving. It is so sad and the worst thing is when people do drink and drive they think they are OK, But it is the innocent that always get hurt..I pray that now My two boys drive they use their common sence.......
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