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A Fatal Mistake

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A Fatal Mistake

A father went to clean his car,
All covered up in snow.
For company, he had his son,
Eleven years, in tow.

The temperature was freezing
So the dad thought he should sit
Inside the toasty car
To warm himself a little bit.

The engine hummed, the father dug,
But little did they know
The tailpipe couldn’t do its job,
For it was filled with snow.

The fumes were seeping in the car;
The boy was warm inside.
His father opened up the door
To find his son had died.

Such heartbreak and the worst of it,
As all the signs suggest,
Is that the dad, to help his son,
Did what he thought was best.

It’s very sad but there are times,
Despite our best intentions,
When life is cruel and mocking
And allows no interventions.

I think about that father’s grief
And can’t know how he feels.
I only hope that time and love
Will help him as he heals.

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  1. Date: 8/29/2013 3:26:00 PM
    I did not want to keep on reading, I knew I'd feel so bad. My heart now aches and my stomach's sick to death for this poor Dad. Peace.

  1. Date: 2/14/2013 11:40:00 AM
    You have done a fantastic job, Ilene, of telling this tragical story. The last two verses I find very applicable to life.

  1. Date: 2/12/2013 9:43:00 AM
    Ilene; How sad, but these things happen a lot in the winter time. Years ago my cousin's brother inlaw came to Chicago to take his Mom back with him. he came with a cousin. My cousin asked them to go inside the house, but they didn't. They were drinking a ciuple of beers and had the on to keep warm inside the garage. The next morning they were dead. Thanks for sharing. Lucilla

  1. Date: 2/10/2013 8:07:00 PM
    What a tragedy! My heart aches for that poor father. Ilene, you did a great job of writing about this horrible event. Love, Kim