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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This sends a powerful message & is heartbreaking to read. Poetically (is that even a word...?), I enjoyed the use of the shorter lines - very powerful. Nice job with this. :)

Posted 11 Years Ago

There is nothing worse than to lose a child. I can only imagine what you have gone through. I prepare myself each day for that possibility. It could happen so easily. Your words are very powerful and chilling.

Posted 11 Years Ago

I am so sorry. My heart goes out to you. Excellent words! A very strong message. hugs my friend.

Posted 11 Years Ago

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do not, will not and all should not, your thoughts ran deep and at times i saw the eternal sleep in your writing,

Posted 11 Years Ago

I don't really know how to review a poem like this.
It is a voice that needs to be heard. I can't understand anyone who decides to risk the lives of others.
I hope you can find some comfort in writing.
Best wishes.

Posted 11 Years Ago

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That is the key word" >>so true...I'm sorry for your loss
If I could, I'd kick the drunk driver in the nuts for you Xx

Posted 11 Years Ago

your words are so true. I'm sorry for your loss. but keep your head up, Bobby is looking down on you from above. He knows that he is missed from mom down below. all your questions will be answered one day in the by and by. I don't like drinking and driving it is very dangerous and crazy. but like you said we are responsible for our own actions. sorry again for your loss. I WILL BE PRAYING FOR YOU. GOD LOVES YOU DON'T FORGET THAT, AND HE HAS BOBBY VERY CLOSE TO HIM.

Posted 11 Years Ago

I lost two friends to drunk driving. One was the drunk driver. We were in high school. He was 17 (don't know where he got the alcohol) and flipped his car in a high speed turn. He came out of the window a bit and his head was crushed by the car. Luckily, his girlfriend in the passenger seat survived without any serious injuries. The other was hit by a drunk driver two blocks from his house on his way to the grocery store another two blocks away. He did not die, however he suffered severe brain damage as he was thrown through his windshield (he wasn't wearing his seatbelt and at the time it wasn't a law to do so where we lived) and now he has the mental capacity of a 4 to 5 year old. So, technically, he was lost. I know your pain to some extent. They weren't related to me, but we were pretty close. I agree with you in every sense about responsibility and about the penalities and education. Keep up the fight and I am sorry for your lose. Still think you should write a book.

Posted 11 Years Ago

What can one say about such a deep personal loss except to empathise with you in your grief. It's hard enough losing parents, but to lose a child is tragic. I appreciate your write.

Posted 11 Years Ago

'I wonder what his last thoughts were' is particularly moving for me, as is the line at the end 'My son is now a statistic'. Tis a terrible story, but you draw some strong messages and warnings from it which we all must listen to...esp the point about responsibility.

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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