So Long Good Samaritan

So Long Good Samaritan

A Poem by Jock Engelman

As the heavens cry down its cold rain;
Scents of stale alcohol, blood, sweat and shame;
Open eyes, open mouth in silent scream;
Face, skin and clothes, disfigured by the glass;
Refusing that I've reached a stage of impasse;
Come On! Come On! I wont let the heavens take you!

As the crowd forms I scream, but they just stare;
I cuss and I curse, and I damn well swear;
Hands wrapped in clear plastic bags, I compress your chest;
I feel your rips snap, I feel more crack;
Don't even know your name, James? John? or Jack?
Doesn't matter, not till the medics arrive;

Into the ambulance you are lifted;
Right then I thought this moment was gifted;
Pat on the back, Cheer from the crowd, Job well done;
Never thought saving your life could harm me;
As you call in lawyers, I hear the banshee;
No wonder no one else lifted a finger;

T'was just being a good samaritan;
You were the one who drank, drove and crashed the van;
You almost died, why care about money;
Should I have just kept on my way? Let you die?
So I say so long, good tidings, goodbye;
To the part of me that cares about others;

© 2012 Jock Engelman



Author's Note

Jock Engelman
I wrote this because I had saved a number of people's lives through the use of quick thinking and applied first aid. But I was shocked to hear that one of my friends who had done the same thing once, was being sued for saving his life, when he cracked his ribs during CPR. (which was exactly what I had done already) and I was angry at humanity.

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There goes again my favorite free verse writer. Another substantial piece Jock (applaud)! The words you penned were so successful in bringing me into the scene; made me feel how pure your intention in saving lives.

The note you shared just made me feel sad, well anyway I hope The Good Samaritan Law were able to protect your friend...



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Wow people are so petty these days if someone saves your life there's a you probably should say thank you i like this poem it shows how crazy people can be

Posted 5 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

I like this piece a LOT. Very well written. You are talented in your writing. I could almost see myself there when it all happened. What you did was save a life and that something that takes a lot of heart and courage. You were a man that was a hero to all and I savor to one. You still are. You can inspire other people just by talking, writing, and probably just by raising your eyebrow. You are powerful in your own way.
Also, I wanted to say Thank You for writing my first and only review on any of my poems. But the thing is that was my first poem I had put out there for the world to see and I'm very over joyed that you saw it. You inspired me to keep publishing my work. And for that I can't thank you enough.

Posted 5 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

liked this alot!

the authors note explained a bit,

I think you get better every time you write, and you always choose your words wisely.

well done!

Posted 5 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

There goes again my favorite free verse writer. Another substantial piece Jock (applaud)! The words you penned were so successful in bringing me into the scene; made me feel how pure your intention in saving lives.

The note you shared just made me feel sad, well anyway I hope The Good Samaritan Law were able to protect your friend...



Posted 5 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


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Jock Engelman
Jock Engelman

Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia



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I am a guy who has gone through a lot over the years, i have many illnesses which i manage quite well. But i am still riddled with many demons. I was bullied for many years, so now i use my years of t.. more..

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