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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wow. i totally agree with everything you said, and I love it that you are now his voice. great job.

Posted 11 Years Ago

This was a very powerful and painful piece to read. And I agree wholeheartedly with the words that you've written here. You a truly a voice that should and must be heard. My heart goes out to you.

Posted 11 Years Ago

This brought tears to my eyes. It's such a sorrowful happening for any loved one. And justice is rarely just. My heart goes out to you and yours, my friend.


Posted 11 Years Ago

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I am so sorry to hear about this yes I to feel that the laws should be more strict and that careless people should be handled with no respect when they drive drunk and they hurt someone they should be locked away for life....I know that it is very hard to be hurting over all this but God is now giving him peace and I hope that God helps you to heal and not have to suffer with pain very long...You are a great writer and a wonderful person...Thank you so much for sharing this touching but yet so sad poem with me if you ever need a friend please feel free to email me at [email protected] any time...God Bless

Posted 11 Years Ago

This was done well. It is a well phrased rant / spoken verse poem. The story is developed and carried through to the closing statement that echos the subtitle ... 'Please don't drink and drive.'

This should filmed in that austere, avant guard style and aired as a PSA. This should be heard.

Thanks for the send.


Posted 11 Years Ago

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I'm so sorry. I wish you and your family all the best during these times.
The poem was eloquent, it sent a very powerful message. It leaves you with a touch of melancholy emotion, but with determination. Thank you.

Posted 11 Years Ago

This was so strong. I encourage you to be the voice for Bobby. Keep writing because you are strong and powerful, especially in matters like this. Great write!

Posted 11 Years Ago

Powerful. I really like the strong overtones that act as a perfect foil for the sadness of the situation. Nice work.

Posted 11 Years Ago

And a voice that is heard. This is such a powerful message, and so sad. I feel your hurt and pain, yet I feel strength and hope. Thank you for sharing such a personal piece. Wonderful, truly.

Posted 11 Years Ago

Once again I am moved by your words. So many people are learning thruogh your experiences. Keep writing it is so healing in many ways. Thank You for continuing to share.

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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