Monday 25 September 2017

Poetry 2017 Longlist, 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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