Bobby's Voice

Bobby's Voice

A Poem by Deborah Leah Krempa

(Please don't drink and drive)




Broken pelvis




Broken spine


Fractured bones


Was not enough damage done


To kill him


The Coroner's Report read


It was blunt force


Trama to his head


He sustained too much


Cranial damage


Pronounced dead at the scene


Of the accident


Yet the report also read


There were several minutes that had passed


After the impact


He was still alive


I wonder did he suffer long?


I wonder did he feel any pain?


I wonder what were his last thoughts?


The list of questions could on and on


Until I drive myself insane


It is a shame


A drunk driver is to blame


Someone who so carelessly


Got behind the wheel of an automobile


Someone who under the influence of alcohol


Decided they could handle it on their own


Decided not to take a taxicab home


Decided not use a designated driver




That is the key word


He made a decision


To drink and drive that fateful night




Another keyword


We need to be held responsible for the choices we make


Drunk or sober


We need to be held accountable


For our actions as a society and individually


So here I am a grieving mother


Writing words of poetry


Creating a voice


One that needs to be heard


Across the land


We need tougher laws in our states


We need early prevention in our schools


We need zero tolerance of alcohol on our roadways


We need stricter penalties for those who break the laws


My son is now a statistic


Though he is not without a name or a face


His name was "Bobby" and I am his voice






© 2009 Deborah Leah Krempa

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I was also struck by a drunk driver. I wrote a poem about it that I will publish in the future. I thank you. There is no end to the grief now, perhaps in the future. In regard to the poem, it was touching and powerful. Thank you for sharing this healing message. Also, my nick name is Bobbie. I don't know what difference that makes, but to me it seems significant. Thank you again. Barb

Posted 14 Years Ago

2 of 2 people found this review constructive.


I have tears in my eyes, goosebumps on my arms, a lump in my throat and pain for a mother who should not be writing this poem. What a terrible loss. Here you have poured out your heart and bared your very soul. When will it stop? When will it not be ok to have this happen all too often. Thank you for spelling this out so passionately.

Posted 9 Years Ago

I could never even begin to imagine what that feels like.. :( I enjoy your writing immensely. You are so creative, and you use words so well.. always impressive. I mourn for you, for I know how it feels to lose someone you love. However, I have never lost a child.. and I would imagine that that would be quite different.

Posted 13 Years Ago

I think I read this before but it was a while back. It still breaks my heart. What a horrific loss to bear. My mother just died 9 days ago but she was elderly and had cancer. I couldn't imagine living through anything this catastrophic to the soul.

Posted 13 Years Ago

OMGosh!! That was so deep, so heartfelt, so true. This does need to be heard. The system is not perfect. but we need people to stand up for what's right and be heard. Keep being his voice.

Posted 13 Years Ago

This is always a horrific story. And through this poem you are an elegant voice for this cause. You are not the only one that has been scarred. There are many others. All voices should rise in unison on this topic. Perhaps the others will then listen.

Best regards,


Posted 13 Years Ago

You write your heart and thoughts as clear as a reflection of the fall trees on the still water at dawn. Your pain is evident. Your grief is felt with every word of frustration in this piece. Drinking and driving is a selfish act with destructive consequences as your family knows. I can't say it enough to you, I'm sorry for your loss.

Posted 13 Years Ago

I love this poem, because of what it stands for: I hate the smell of a drunk and thier liquor. A person that drink to get drunk just doesn't care about the life of himself or others. They are selfish: I had to stop dating a man because of his drinking: It use to effect his behavior, and make him out foolish.
This peom is excellent!

Posted 13 Years Ago

Your loss is far too incredible for words as your poem is truly a beautiful voice. I wish you deep peace in your resonance.

Posted 13 Years Ago

This is a very powerful poem. You are sending a great message out through your poetry, every action has a consequence. I agree that there should be tougher laws and better education to prevent drinking asnd driving. Writing is a great therapy, keep on writing!

Posted 13 Years Ago

I love this poem. It is fortunate for those we have lost to have loved ones as writers to serve as their voice. I have no tolerance for anyone who is foolish enough to drive intoxicated, and also believe in doing more to prevent it. Thank you for sharing this, it takes a strong person to do so.

Posted 13 Years Ago

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Added on April 5, 2009
Last Updated on April 6, 2009


Deborah Leah Krempa
Deborah Leah Krempa

Toledo, OH

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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