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A Thank You Note {re-post}
by Connie Hinnen Cook

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While he knew that she was drinking,
he had no idea how much...
somehow through the years his little girl
and he had just lost touch.
She had picked a tough new boyfriend
and ran with a tougher crowd,
he'd put up with their weird tattoos
but their music was too loud.

It was Friday when she told him
that she planned to stay all night
with her girlfriend, "We've got tickets
to a band concert. Alright?
She's got wheels, Dad, so don't worry,
I won't even need the car,
and the concert's close to her house,
so it won't be very far."

How he loved his wayward daughter,
he could rarely tell her No...
he just sighed, "Please don't stay out late,
come home right after the show."
Then she kissed him on the cheek
and smiled, "I'll see you in the morn,"
grabbed her bag, skipped out the front door,
as her girlfriend honked the horn.

With her gone, the house was quiet
so he mixed himself a drink,
he had work that he'd brought home
and now he had some time to think.
Things were hectic at his business,
he was always far behind,
with no free time to himself
he sometimes thought he'd lose his mind.

He had conked off when the telephone's
shrill ring gave him a start,
then he heard the dreaded news
that almost stopped his beating heart:
"Sir, your girl's been in an accident,"
was what the policeman said,
"I'm so sorry to inform you, sir,
but your daughter is dead."

In a haze he got the details:
seems they'd only left the band,
the cops found a liquor bottle
firmly clutched in her right hand.
She was driving way too fast
and had no time to miss the deer,
the kind cop gave further details
but the father didn't hear.

Rage took over, "She's just 13!
She can't buy booze in this state!
Find the one who sold her liquor!"
and his voice broke off in hate...
"I'll find him and then I'll kill him!
I'll not rest until I do!
Make his loved ones feel this anger!
Make them all pay when I'm through!"

Weeping now, he saw a note taped
to the liquor cabinet door,
and he saw a missing bottle,
he'd not noticed it before.
In a daze he reached the cabinet,
the last ounce of strength he had,
and he read his girl's short message:
this was all it said, "Thanks, Dad!"

Now the hours drag ever slowly
and she's always in his head,
every minute, every second,
how he wishes he were dead.
Till one night they found his body,
the whole town remarked, "How sad!"
In his hand, a loaded pistol,
and a note that read, "Thanks, Dad!"

--Connie

Make no provision for the lusts of the flesh.

(Based on Romans 13:14)



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Reviewed by Natasha Bowman
Ohmigosh, THIS IS SO SAD. I love it, and the way you have the ability to make my cry, haha.
Reviewed by Birdie Houston
Ouch ........this poem was stirring,moving and makes one feel the pain in full
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
(((connie)))

o, the tears are runnin down my face

this needs to be told again and again

powerfully expressed

(((HUGS))) and love,

karla. *tears*
Reviewed by Kerry Compton Star Girl
Oh Connie! This one gave me giant sized goosebumps! Hope that it is just a story. ~Kerry
Reviewed by Jack Roberts
A wonderful write Connie!! So good to see you back!

Jack
Reviewed by Linda Murray
This is a message that needs to be told. And you have told it beautifully. Sad but oh so true.
Reviewed by D. Enise
OUTSTANDING!! An incredible tear jerker with such an Important messege!! This should be plastered all over the internet, on the walls at the post office..It is so easy to be blind by love, to not see the danger signs from our own kids.
Thank you! Excellent write!
~Jen
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie
Oh Wow..This one cut so deeply, what a message in this outstanding poem, I loved it,

Reindeer
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson
This is a real tear jerker Connie, and written so well. I've missed you.
Reviewed by Brittany Renée
I LOOOOVE Romans 13 (particularly 8-10). Wonderful, wonderful. Captivating from beginning to end. VERY good writing.

Warm Love
*Brittany Renee*
Reviewed by E T Waldron
Connie, does this ever pack a wallop! If this doesn't wrench the heart nothing will!
God forgive us!superb writing!
Reviewed by Lady Peg (Reader)
Connie,
Hello this is excellent message,
PJ
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