Christina K.

Life Interrupted

The speeding car screeches on the slick street.
The little girl screams, never again to feel her heart beat.
Walk interrupted!
Blood streams down from the head of the girl.
Her battered body lies limp,
Crushed by the dangers of this world.
Her torn clothes expose her broken limbs.
Pinned against the tree,
Unable to get herself free.
The stunned driver, his breath reeking of beer,
Reacts to the deafening horns ringing in his ear.
Memory rewinds.
Foolish choices circulate in his mind,
Flashbacks of himself at the party,
Alcohol and pot glaze his eyes, numb his body.
Friends egging him on,
Tell him to consume more even though he knows it’s wrong,
They push him towards a fate
Which he will come to hate.
He puts down the seductive rum,
Picks up his keys and swings them round his thumb.
Irreversible decision.
Dazed, in a stupor,
Anxious to reach home,
His concentration escapes the road.
As the shape of the innocent girl appears,
He increases his speed, blacks out,
Awakes to see the horrible tragedy
Caused by his stupidity.
Wishing the accident would disappear,
The driver is consumed with fear.
Choices regretted.
He wished the horror was merely a nightmare,
That he hadn’t taken a young girl’s life away,
That he hadn’t been so foolish
To think he could get away with drinking, driving and speeding.
Victim of his own choices, senseless killing.
Life interrupted.


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