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 11 Years Ago

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very moving a forceful- I am saddened that you have to share this story and yet glad that you have the strength to share, perhaps if these stories are told loud enough and often enough people will start paying attention and think about what they do before they do it.

Posted 10 Years Ago

There is no justice in a world this cold.An Excellent piece and I feel so saddened by your loss. Your poetry seems to be an outlet for your pain and the only beauty in a otherwise dark and terrible time.

Posted 10 Years Ago

I agree absolutely with your thoughts on what is needed in this country to prevent this type of thing from happening. It's so sad and horrible how he had to pass, hopefully he did not suffer...

A powerful message, i appreciate you sharing this experience so hopefully others may change/learn from it.

Posted 10 Years Ago

Poetry is an excellent way to deliver strong sentiments as you do with this one. Well done and keep finding ways to express the loss of love in your life as you speak with your son's voice.

Posted 10 Years Ago

And a beauitful voice it is too.


Posted 10 Years Ago

This was a very emotinally, moving poem. Even though, I am not a drinker, I am a thinker, and I think that people all over the world should read this poem and share a moment of silence, for people that have lost thier sons or daughters to a drunk driver.

Posted 11 Years Ago

theres nothing i can really say here...

Posted 11 Years Ago

Oh my dear. This broke open the flood gates in my soul. I thought I didn't have any tears left, but your heartbreaking story filled my dry ocean of tears. I know your pain. My son's name was David. It wasn't an accident. It was cancer and it was cancer that also took his dad last month. My only solace is that they are now together.

This was an amazing write.

I will pray for your comfort and also for drunk drivers to not get into their cars.

Posted 11 Years Ago

Its a terrible thing what happened to your son and I deeply sorry for your loss. And I completely agree with your statement. You be heard and make it loud and clear.

Posted 11 Years Ago

Thank you for sharing this powerful poem. I am sorry for your loss. I agree with your sentiments about decisions and accountability. You portrayed your grief and determination to move forward to find meaning in speaking for him and others in the pursuit of removing the avoidable menace on our highways.

Posted 11 Years Ago

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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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