moonwalker

This piece is in response to challenge # 2 -

The challenge is this: you must pick a social or environmental or ethical (or maybe even political) issue and write a poem addressing it.

You must choose one side of the issue or at least a definite perspective on the issue.

You will also be required to state before the poem what your intended audience is for the poem. So, like, might your poem about the dangers of pesticides be something that you would like to see in a popular gardening magazine or in a journal about environmental awareness that has a small but educated audience? If you find real-world examples of places the poem might show up--that's great, (even if they don't normally put poems in their publication/conference, whatever). It's also ok to make something up, so long as it's believable. Oh, and your context could be as casual as a poetry reading at your local library. Be creative.

Tips: really think about making your poems interesting as poems, apart from content. Consider using metaphor, similes and strong imagery. If you're writing free-verse, keep in mind the sound and many-layered meanings of each and every word you choose. This might all be obvious advice... but I really want this challenge to stretch everybody's writing skills.

This poem is about drunk driving, and the eventual results of it. There are campaigns made by an organization called Mothers Against Drunk Drivers every long weekend to heighten awareness, and try to stop drunk driving. Since this problem is already in the televised media, I thought that this song could be a music video to go along with an infomercial just before a July First, or July Fourth weekend. The video would pretty much follow the storyline in the song. The end would bring home the pain, anger, and despair of the victim.

 

                                   Drunk – a victim's song of lament

You're having a good time with your friends at a bar,
You fish out yours keys, and you stagger to your car.
You fumble with your keys as you open the door,
They slip through your fingers and fall on the floor.
You lean forward and bash your head on the dash,
You slump on the seat among the cigarettes and trash.
You retrieve your keys, but it's quite an ordeal,
You straighten up, and get behind the wheel.

 

What is the matter with you, what do you think,
Nothing will happen if you drive when you drink?


A friend tries hard to pull you out,
You slam the door, with a sullen pout.
You jam your keys into the ignition,
You intend to leave of your own volition.
You gun the engine, and peel out of the lot,
Your vision is blurred, and your temper is hot.
You race down the street at a terrible speed,
People are crossing, but you pay no heed.

 

What is the matter with you, what do you think,
Nothing will happen if you drive when you drink?

 

People scatter as you squeal through the light,
Other drivers swear, as you careen out of sight.
You push the pedal to the metal as sirens blare,
There is construction ahead, but you don't care.
There is equipment at the junction of two roads,
You ram a truck head on, and the engine explodes.
There is fire and screaming, and excruciating pain,
You swear that if you live, you'll never drink again.

 

What is the matter with you, what do you think,
Nothing will happen if you drive when you drink?

 

I'm driving the company truck, doing my job,
When my vehicle is hit by some drunken slob.
It happened so fast, I didn't have a chance,
I couldn't get out before the fire's advance.
You thought you'd live - that wasn't realistic,
Now both you and I are just another statistic.
Why you did what you did, I never could tell,
Whatever the reason, I hope you burn in Hell!

 

What is the matter with you, what do you think,
Nothing will happen if you drive when you drink?

The End

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