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Diane was like any other Long Island mother, but on July twenty six she made an horrible mistake by smoking pot, resulting in the death of five beautiful kids, as young as five, and three passengers in a SUV driving northbound; she drove intoxicated,erratically going the wrong way, plowed into this Chevy Trailblaser, but her son Brian miraculously survived the crash... frantically shaking her bleeding mom and desperately crying by her side! Did she hear him? She was dying, and couldn't caress his adorable face! Why did Diane get behind the wheel so high and under the influence? Did she need a quick-fix to get away from her problems or illness? I will not judge her, but the facts point the finger at her! Mothers, drive sober on dangerous highways, be alert and avoid a crash! You will regret it, if this results in the death of someone you love; don't let the guilt forever linger on your conscience: do you see yourself deeply moarning by a grave that shouldn't have been there; and what will flowers do...console those who cannot hear, feel or love? Out there, more mothers like Diane...hallucinated by visions, drive recklessly because of ingested, harmful alcohol; others mix liquor with marijuana or other illegal drugs, and think that they have conquered the world with their high, and they may not see another day when they lay there and die! Listen you all, put down your rolled-up papers, and drinks, save yourselves and your own children who deserve to live full lives; don't cut them short...would you rather stare at their pictures on the wall? Diane might have been nice and loving before taking the wrong path, don't we all when our expectations don't exceed our wishes? Whatever they may be, it would be wise to be satisfied with what you have accumulated; don't ask for miracles with your undeserving prayers...they will not be admonished! Start with humbleness and dedicate yourself to the noblest cause: helping others, inspiring anyone who admires you...tackling their desire to live! And what will be your reward? Only eldless joy...without the terrible spectacle of death! The Taconic Parkway tragedy could have been avoided, if she had had more love to give! Copyright 2009 by Andrew Crisci

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Date: 8/20/2009 7:30:00 AM
A timely message, ....tragedy like this is told in every newspaper, at some time or other....well done!
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Date: 8/20/2009 3:58:00 AM
Very well written poem that needed to be said. Life is hard and some can't cope so well. What could we do as friends, neighbors,etc. to help? Keep writing. Sara
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Date: 8/20/2009 1:58:00 AM
This is a very sad story, Andrew. A lot of young people, including parents, endanger their families by driving under the influence of booze or drugs. Who knows what leads to them to do this when precious lives are at stake. How awful it must have been for Brian to be a sole survivor. He'll probably live with survivor's guilt for the rest of his life. Your narrative contains an important message and I hope it is read by all those who need to hear this story. Great Write! Love, Carolyn
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