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by Lori S. Maynard
Monday, May 09, 2005
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The evening before Mother's Day, there was a horrible one car wreck. The 16 year old driver just received her license a few days prior and was driving four of her friends to a bonfire. They never made it. She lost control, speed, and struck a tree head on. The two front passengers (both 16 year old girls) were killed upon impact. The three backseat occupants (all teenagers) were lifelined in critical condition. One girl even had to have open heart surgery. Very tragic.

Latest newspaper article: (printed May 12, 2005)

How do you see through the future
See past the heartache, pain and grit?
How do you know when it’s coming?
How do you know the flame is barely lit?

We get caught up in today and yesterday.
Argue our points and voice our every need.
Sometimes, our hearts are too busy
To realize what we fail to ever heed.

Youth spent spinning future ties
Casting dreams into the future.
Friends, school…life is so large.
The future is cloudy, vague and unsure.

Still…creating life around us…
Befriending and scorning those…
You don’t expect it to be taken.
You don’t expect a teenage ghost.

Taken off course by that hand of fate…
Five friends…friends till the end...
Death claimed two and looking at the others
as they receive prayers from every friend.

Car...unrecognizable...front bumper
lies twisted in the front seat.
Tree still standing, only slightly scarred.
Slow down...the world repeats.

Just hours before mother’s day...
They receive the phone call from hell.
Daughters gone in the flash of an instant
those surviving aren’t fairing well.

Teenagers...thinking they have eternity...
Ah, nothing can harm them...not at all.
We are but meager on God’s great stage...
Thinking otherwise...that appalls.

Prom, graduation...summer vacation...
All gone for this small, sleepy town
as they mourn next to the damaged tree...
Anxious youth...slow down!

©May 9, 2005 Lori S. Maynard


This was a very horrible, tragic and could have been prevented accident.  So sad.  I know there are many of us who've lost loved ones so young.  I was in an accident that pushed me into a tree head on because someone wanted to run through a stop sign.  Folks, we can prevent this stuff.  

My brother was the EMT who had to remove the bodies.  His eyes were still wide that next day.  

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Reviewed by Cathrine Hottran
sad,but excellent written!
Reviewed by Sue Hess
we have a law here in missouri that allows 16 year olds to drive but not with any other teenagers. they have to be eighteen before they can drive with other teens. but unfortuneately, these things still happen, rules just get broken and kids killed. it is tragic
Reviewed by Felix Perry
So sad but you are right all we can do is hope to spread the word, like most things education is the only thing that can prevent this from happening again.

Reviewed by jude forese
very tragic event ...just the other day, here in NY, 2 EMT personel were killed as their ambulance slamed into a tree because of a young driver who went through a stop sign ...
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader)
You have penned one powerful poem. What a great waste. This poem . . . Spurs me to repost one I wrote last year which is similar. What a waste.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
heartbreaking, especially just before mother's day...i grieve for those poor moms who lost their children so suddenly and so quickly; so sad....well done!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in tx., karen lynn. :( >tears <
Reviewed by Judy Lloyd (Reader)
I agree this is a powerful write and this is a war that is raged here on our shores so where are the peace demonstrators to march against this killing and maiming of our young, old and in between. I lost a niece ten years ago in a similiar accident one of many that died. Fine writing.
Reviewed by Dawn Richerson
Lori, thanks for writing about this. It's a tragedy, nothing less, but offerings like yours help those affected, either immediately or by heart, move through it. Dawn
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner

PROFOUNDLY moving and tragic story and poem; I went to the recommended site and read the article and resultant comments. Perhaps, by reading it and this well penned, emotional poem, lives will be saved and people will just SLOW DOWN. There is nothing that important to rush to your death, you know?

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :(
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