Never say goodbye!

Never say goodbye!

A Poem by Deborah Leah Krempa
"

Please don't drink and drive! Let's keep each other safe and alive!

"

My son never fought in a war

upon a foriegn shore

Though he would have

had it been his calling

He enlisted into the service

at the young age of seventeen

he became a United States Marine

He was stationed in Okinawa Japan

There he learned to become a man

With a humanitarian discharge in hand

He returned home to help his family

which was in dire need of him

from the land of the red sun

To three young sisters and a mother ill

with manic depression

With his father just out prison

for making a bad decision

of dealing drugs

running with thugs

His son still looked up to him

forgiving him his sins

His parents were soon to be divorced

but dad came down with staff infection

from his terrible heroin addiction

Mom ended up in a hospital psychiatric unit

for her bi-polar affliction

Soon his father slowly and painfully died

He stood strong by his father's side

as staff infection from a dirty needle

consumed his every vital organ

His heart, his liver, his spleen...

Near the end he softly spoke the words

"I love you, dad."

Mom fell victim to alchohol

trying to drown her memories

of a violent marriage and mental illness

that had brought her to her knees

Taking care of three young sister's

was very hard accomplishment

for a young man of twenty-one

upon returning home

from the land of the red sun

 

Robert Stephen Krempa was born 7/31/73

Sadly and tragicly he was killed by a drunk driver 4/15/07

 

 He is credited for saving the life of a little four-year old boy

named Xavier.  It was a beautiful spring evening, just a year ago

my son had just gotten off of work. He had just become a manager of his company, his box of manuals not yet opened. Ironically, he was on his way with friends to buy a car and get his driver's license renewed. It

was a head on collision, as the car he was riding in as a passenger in the back seat, was hit while waiting for a red light. When out of nowhere came the oncoming car crashing into them, Leaving my son and his friends wife to die in puddles of their own blood. The car caught fire, thank God the fireman were able to put it out in time. When I went to the young mother's funeral, I

 was thanked for being the mother of a hero. For they say that

my son ripped off his seatbelt, and blocked little Xavier with his own body, so saving the young boy from ultimate death. Months later Xavier's father who was also critically injured as was his son, thanked me also and told me that my son is his hero, too. Xavier had been scalped to where the doctor's had to sew his scalp back to his head, he will always have the scar as a memory of what occurred that day. Worst of all, he has nightmares of the accident and the loss of his loving mother. He has trouble walking due to injuries to his spine.  The drunk driver was finally sentenced, he got ten years in prison for his crime. My son and his friend had their lives taken away in the prime of their lives because of someone else's foolishness and disregard for human life. They were both sober lovingly gentle people and are sadly missed by family and friends. The small poem I wrote for the obituary. I would like to share with you it reads as follows:              

 

The world has lost

A wonderful young man

Who had the potential, the ability, the mind

And, the heart of a scholar, a teacher, a philosopher

and an author

I lost my son

Love forever and always, Mom

 

© 2009 Deborah Leah Krempa


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Dear debileah...
What words of solace can I give you, dear one? You have lived the tragedy that every mother dreads to think of...I cannot say anything except convey my true sorrow at your monumental loss. Your writing has to be of some small comfort...and you share it with us here so that we may give back to you some of the love in our hearts...many blessings to you, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted 12 Years Ago


9 of 9 people found this review constructive.



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Heart wrenching, yes beautifully tragic piece. Great Write.

Posted 12 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

This is so painful and heart wrenching...very tragic indeed!
I felt so sad after reading it :'( :'( And I'm really sorry for your loss!


But you've conveyed a brilliant message from this writing!
I really love your words and your writing, but its the "emotions" behind this write which are so real and true that infact it brought tears to my eyes! :'(

God bless!

Posted 12 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


Stunning...in the annals of history few stories of tragedy are more replete with heartbreak and grief then yours. Driving while drunk must be one of the most selfish and careless acts we can commit. That such horrible events occur probably every day as a result of the wanton disregard of life has to be one of the most disturbing truths that we have to live with.

Condolance when given at such times as this seem woefully inadequate to mend the sadness in your heart. Yet, we offer them sincerely. I am so sorry for your loss. What you have written here does so much service to the life of your young man. God Bless You.

Daniel

Posted 12 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

this entire read it so beautiful and touching......my god my heart goes out to you......but to know he died a hero must be of some comfort to you......this is so beautiful and touched my heart
thankyou so much for sharing this tragic event with me
xxxx

Posted 12 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Such a beautiful tribute....thank you for sharing parts of your son's life with us Debileah. What a wonderful young man to have touched and saved the lives that he did. I hope writing about him is bringing you some comfort and also knowing that there are others who are listening.... and who care.

God's love my friend

Posted 12 Years Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

I am deeply sorry. I cannot imaging this pain that you carry, that you wear each and every day of your life. I truly am sorry. This really comes in two parts. I think that you should either make it part one and two, or restructure the second part to be visually more in line with the first. I found it very distracting to have the two forms together. The first is quite solid and works well. The second does not live up to the first. They are both potent [whoops, see, I already have them separated...sorry about that.

Posted 12 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

it is one of God own chosen ones ,those who give the most treasure thing of this world ,
that is life,he gave a 4 year old a future ,he gave this world hope,,he gave you the mother joy sadness and faith that he has a place right there beside all the saints who gave of themselves in the same room as god,
he gave me inspiration that all is not lost.peacewizthom

Posted 12 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

I read this early this morning and wanted to wait 'til I had time to read over it again to comment.

Such a tragic thing with such a beautiful ending. A heart like that didn't just sprout wings and fly on its own. Looks like his humanitarianism and self-sacrifice was no doubt born of what was poured into him by his mother.
Nobody gets it right 100% of the time and there ain't no book that shows us how to parent, but you hit a home-run with that young man.
There's nothing I nor anyone else could say that would impart back to you the peace and joy you lost that day... just please take some joy in the fact you have passed on the gift to us that God gave to you and Xavier.

God bless you and thank you for sharing this.

Scot

Posted 12 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Tragic and tearful, He is in my prayers, I'm so sorry to read this. Thank you for sharing his story and his legacy of love.

Posted 12 Years Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

Dear debileah...
What words of solace can I give you, dear one? You have lived the tragedy that every mother dreads to think of...I cannot say anything except convey my true sorrow at your monumental loss. Your writing has to be of some small comfort...and you share it with us here so that we may give back to you some of the love in our hearts...many blessings to you, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted 12 Years Ago


9 of 9 people found this review constructive.


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Deborah Leah Krempa

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I am grandmother,.. My children and my grandchildren I love them all so very much. They are my gifts from my creator, the blessings in this life. I simply adore poetry and the .. more..

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