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I was inspired to write this poem from the many news stories I have seen and read about young people who have recklessly thrown their lives away by drinking and driving, or by driving with someone who is intoxicated.

We have all seen the scenario of parents attending the funerals of their children, yet the problem continues all over the United States. I do not wish to single out any certain age group, as drinking and driving and fatal accidents have been caused by many an adult. All age groups are affected. However, it disturbs me that, with graduation and prom season approaching, our nation's youth will be attending parties where alcohol is being served. I wrote this in hopes young people will realize they are not invincible and that bad things don't always happen to the other guy; because sometimes the other guy is them!

pipNote: Lisa's poem, previously posted here under her pen name Lia Fail, was subsequently picked up and published in "Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul on Tough Stuff." We offer our congratulations to Lisa, and our appreciation to the publishers for their kind words about Passions in Poetry.

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this poem is my fav, i read it to my mother and we cried for ever my mom died a year later from cancer rip mom and grandma
My heart really felt like crying after reading this poem.
im only 13 but this ment soo much to me! so many people are killed by careless drunk drivers! i cried when i read this. thanks 4 getting a message out.
That poem was. I don'tnow what to say. thats the best poem I have ever read. I loved it, it sent such a strong message to me. and it should do that to all who have read it.

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The Final Act

Screeching tires, shattering glass,
twisting metal, fiberglass.
The scene is set it all goes black,
The curtain raised the final act.
Sirens raging in the night,
sounds of horror, gasps of fright.
Intense pain, the smell of blood
tearing eyes begin to flood.
They pull out our bodies one by one,
What is going on, we were only having fun!
One of my friends is missing, what did I do?
Her scattered belongings everywhere,
in the road there lies her shoe.
A man is leaning over me and looking in my eyes,
"What were you thinking, son"?
"Did you really think that you could drive?"
He pulled up the sheet still looking in my eyes,
"If you'd only called your Mom or Dad, you'd still be alive!"
I started to scream, I started to yell;
But no one could hear me, no one could tell.
They put me in an ambulance; they took me away.
The doctor at the hospital exclaimed, "DOA!"
My father's in shock, my mother in tears,
she collapses in grief, overcome by the fear.
They take me to this house and place me in this box.
I keep asking what is happening,
But I cant make it stop.
Everyone is crying, my family is so sad.
I wish someone would answer me,
I'm starting to get mad.
My mother leans over me and kisses me good-bye,
My father pulling her away, she is screaming, "WHY"?
They lower my body into a dirt grave,
It feels so very cold, I yell to be saved.
Then I see an angel; I begin to cry.
Can you tell me what is happening?
she replies "YOU DIED."
I can't be dead; I'm still so young!
I want to do so many things - like sing, and dance, and run.
What about college or graduation day?
what about a wedding? Please - I want to stay.
The angel looked upon me, and with a saddened voice,
"It didn't have to end like this; you knew you had a choice."
"I'm sorry it's too late now; time I can't turn back."
"Your life is finished; that, my son, is a fact!"
Why did this happen? I didn't want to die!
The angel, she embraced me and with her words she sighed,
"Son, this is the consequence you paid to drink and drive.
I wish you made a better choice, If you did you would be alive.
It doesn't matter if you beg me, or plead on bended knee, There is
nothing I can do, you have to come with me."
Looking down at my family, I said my last good-bye.
"I'm sorry I disappointed you, Dad.
Mommy, please don't cry,
I didn't mean to hurt you, or cause you any pain.
I'm sorry all you're left with is a grave that bears my name.
I'm sorry all your dreams for me have all been ripped away;
the plans for my future all gathered in a grave.
It was such a stupid thing I did, I wish I could take it back;
But the curtain is being lowered.


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i reallu loved it it hot!
I love this poem because four of my friends were killed in a car crash 2 years ago when they got into the car with a drunk driver it was really hard to get over and they are greatly missed and all of their friends want to be able to say their last goodbyes and tell them how we really feel about them!
EXCELLENT*EXCELLENT-A true tear jerker!
This is such a touching poem, I have known way too many die in car accidents because they chose to drink and drive. This is an awesome poem.
This is one of the best poems i have ever read
this poem touched me in many ways. im a 13yr old gurl and have had many times where a friend would say "just try it" i kno im better than that and everytime i said no. it makes me think of how many teens just like me would throw everything away for just a cople minutes of fun while they drink. it hurts to kno how many ppl have died over the stupid choice of drinking and driving. and how a lot of ppl just dont care. that poem toughed me in ways i cant explain. it makes u think. something a lot of ppl forget to do sometimes
lisa i think you have done a realy good job in this poem it is one of the best i have read in a long time you chould get full marks for this one.
I give this pome a top number that only an angel will know. I just lost a friend in a ddwreck and now in my back window I have me sticker that reads MMADD( mad mother against Drunk Drivers)
i dont no what to say its one hell of a god poem and yes its thebest i have seen i hope this gets around to all as young teenarers
i think that this poem is really good it almost made me cry and it sure did touch me. i am just like a lot of people i hate people that drink and drive and decide to take there live or even someone else's. i think you for getting your point to a lot of people and i hope they learn from this.
I Wish all the High Schools would put poems up like this at their schools. Kids read things all the time, maybe one of them would remember it and remember not to Drink And Drive. I thought this poem was awesome. Keep up the good work.
great poem, I have had many ppl close to me die from tradgeys like this, my brother is 17 and he drinks and drives he thinks that he is lucky and this wont happen to him well i think that he is just lucky so far maybe when he reads this poem he will realize how lucky he is that this hasnt happened to him yet
i loved your poem, the way you put the words together makes it intresting. i my self write poems ive been trying to figure out how to post them up but i just dont know how. any way, i like how you took the persons point of veiw and let people know how it felt for the driver to die. most people don't think about that. its sorta scary to imagine what a dead person would think or evan if they can think. over all i just really loved your poem. your a great writter im looking forward to reading some more of your poems.
This poem needs to be sent to the entire world and let the words out to help and keep other children or even adults from drinking and driving!Wow Lisa Teller has complete talent. This touched my heart and will touch all if you let it. It was my pleasure to have read something so wonderful.
Great job! i think the poem u did was like telling a story. I believe that every teen shouldn't drink and drive because they know that it is wrong. But, they decide to do it anyway. There is alot of news on t. v. everyday or in the newspaper that a teen or teenagers died in a car accident because of drinking and driving. In my opinion i think drinking and driving is ridiculous. But, anyways u did great.
i have a son who is the military, and i heard that he does drink and i can only hope & pray that he does not drink and drive. when i read this poem, i began to cry. my son is 21 years old, he is married and has three beautiful babies. right now his wife and babies are staying with me. i always tried my best to raise my children in church and teach them the ways of god. i hear on the news about teenagers dying in car accidents, some of whom went to school with my son. my heart bleeds for the parents who have to deal with this tragedy. this poem really touched my heart.
this would have to be the most touching poem i have ever read. i had a best friend die becasue of a drunk driver. very well written.
Wow that was one of the best poems i have read on this site. I am so sorry to all you people who lost someone in a drunk driving accident. Im sure it was devistating.
keep up the nice work it can make a diffence in alot af peoples life
Patricia~ I am sorry to hear about your mom! And to the author that was a great poem. You should send it to MADD or something ~N
I like this only if i could get my brother to listen to me before it is to late
This poem really touched me. I am 13 years old and recited this poem for an oral in my English class. The whole class and my teacher were touched by the emotions of this amazing poem. Lets hope they remember it when they drive one day.
My mom, dad, sister Anna and brother Pip died in a car crash with another car whose driver was twice over the limit. I was only 14 when that happened but the memories from it are still so clear in my mind at 16. Your poem has captured the emotion of the scenario and I just want my family back. I have to go on now without my whole family. This has affected me in the worst way possible don't let it affect you too. Don't drink and drive please.
I loved this poem because my uncle was killed by a drunk driver in his own front yard the driver ran over him and the driver also also killed his two kids.
this poem had a big impact on my life ilost one of may bestest friends in car accident by a drunk driver! no body is promised tomorrow and i really wish i had the talent u had to spread the word but. i don't! i stopped my boyfriend from doing it! ur an amazin writer! viewers plz think twice! if u was drinking and driving and died. do u think u would open ur eyes in god's presecence or in the portal's of hell, tourment, burning? with that my friend i let u go!
That was a really touching poem with some great advice to go with it
This is a great poem and very sad because it's true. not to long ago some young girls died in my school for drinking and driving it's a real problem that we all face. please people don't drink and drive not only are you putting your life in risk but also other lives. DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE it has deadly consequences. in memory of abby and nedra you will ALWAYS be remembered. and in peace may you rest ps. ONCE AGAIN PLEASE. DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE
I thought the poem was wonderdful. It was real and it really touched me. Thank you.
this poem is great and it really showed me the dangers of drinking and driving. I will never do it.
This is a great poem! It tugs at your heart strings!
this is rele good. i liked it alot!
Wow, this poem really touched me. I can't believe I started to cry but this can happen. You are beyond a great writer!
I really love this poem it makes you stop and think about your friends and family. I have alot of friends that drink and I think this is a perfect poem to give to them.
i love this poem it reminds me of loosing people so close to you that you love even if you dont know who they are! it touched me so much i cry every tim ei hear it!
I loved this poem. There are soo many young teens i have seen dead on arrival on my volunteer shift at the hospital whos lives could have been saved if they had just called someone to pick them up.
This poem truely touched me when i read it in Chicken for the Teenage Soul on Tough Stuff. It is one of my favorite poems!
it is great. it brought tears to my eyes it dose get the message across that it kills lives. i give it 10/10
I first read this poem in chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul on Tough Stuff and I am actually writing a poem on drugs and alcohol right now for my english class. Hopefully I'll get an A! But really this poem really does seem like it's coming from an actual person in this situation. It's very emotional and realistic. Hopefully when people read this poem it will give them a better idea of the reality of drinking and driving. Thank you for writing this poem.
i thought that this poem was very touching i think i must have read it a hundred times and i am sill not sick of it. i think that if u keep writing poems like these then people might get the point and stop drinking and driving. (at least i hope that they will)
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Wonderfully written poem with such a strong message! My son was killed by a drunk driver in a truck wreck. The driver did receive some jail time, but most importantly he got a lifetime license suspension. One less drunk driver on the road to spare another family the pain and sorrow we will always have to live with. Our son also left a brother and 3 month old daughter, besides two loving parents. It's so tragic, but alot of families understand what this poem means to them. God Bless! Missing our beloved Adam!
i was astonished ny your poem. i was touched. you are very talented. i like the way you express your inner most thoughts.
that poem was very deep. it made me cry. i loved it
I really like this! Maybe it will make people think about drinking and driving! My sister at 8 weeks old was killed by a drunk driver. Please don't drink and drive.
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