Wednesday, May 25, 2011

View from a Car Seat


I can’t even imagine the confusion
Of being two and seeing what she saw
Her mommy strapped her in
Believing they would be safe in their car
The horror struck as the winds blew
200 miles per hour
Power intense power
Pulled her mother out the driver window
It twisted and twirled her
She watched from her little seat
All the while strapped
Blood trickled down her face
Her little body longing
For her mother’s return
“Hold me,” she cries with outstretched arms.
Longing for her mother’s embrace that is not to be
Not know, not ever, not ever again.
When it all stopped trees and paper and shredded photos
Lay in her lap
Dirt and dust cover her
She rubs her little eyes,
“Mommy, why did you leave me?”
She sleeps now and wakes briefly to see her daddy.
She whimpers, “Daddy.”
A soft voice as she sleeps caresses her forehead
Declaring a love and a grief
With shock and disbelief
Her child his child
She survived but
Her mommy flew away and
Her mommy flies with angels now.


4 comments:

Reflections said...

Stunning, eerie... heartfelt! You have captured well the fear, the unknown disbelief, the horrifying experience of it all. Very well written.

Bluebell Books said...

lovely expression,

the image is breathe taking.

Bluebell Books said...

In general, we write a poem, find an image to illustrate or reflect our work, Now, let’s go reverse, we provide you an image,

Invite you to contribute a poem or a short story based on the image you see,

Be creative,
Have fun!

Hope to see you in...

Bluebell Books!
Xoxox

Myrna R. said...

Kristen, I've been away for a while. Glad to be back.

Your poem brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for having the courage to express this grief. Blessings to all who were involved in the loss.