Anthony

A sweet boy of ten

The youngest of four

Awakened that day

With an ever-widening grin

Getting ready for school

Being helpful to his mother

The morning was going smoothly

He even helped with the meal

I’m going now, I’ll see you all later

Were his words to them all–

A cheerful goodbye,

As he walked slowly away

And as he approached

Where his friends were waiting

At the bus stop nearby

A barreling, speeding truck approached

And his life ended that moment

Traumatized friends saw it happen

The truck driver was arrested

For having no license

And not slowing down

Now his family’s in grief

Broken-hearted and numb

Their beloved, dear Anthony–gone

Monday Morning Writing Prompt:  http://liv2write2day.wordpress.com/2011/05/08/monday-morning-writing-prompt-headliners/

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  1. this was horrible. truly horrible.

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    • Truly horrible. That poor family.

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      • there is one thing i just dont understand, why dont people practice caution when they are driving. may be after driving for years they become absent-minded.

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      • I don’t understand it either. If I see a group of children by the road, I immediately slow down–they can be very unpredictable and may dart in the road suddenly. I don’t know what was in that man’s mind. But now he will most probably always have the thought of killing a child through his negligence.

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      • yes. one moment’s slip and agony for lifetime. i dont think majority of people ever forgive themselves for killing any thing/any one even if by accident. and a child….

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      • It would be very difficult to forgive yourself wouldn’t it. Sad outcome for so many.

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  2. This is so sad, Gayle. The way you present involves the reader at an even deeper level, emotionally. I’m going to post mine today…happened in Florida :0)

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    • It really affected me emotionally too. The story was so sad and it was such a senseless and avoidable death.

      I look forward to your Florida headliner.

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  3. I could feel the danger as you wrote : “I’m going now. I’ll see you later”. It hit me before I even saw you write : ” with his words to them all – a cheerful good bye” …. I could sense doom.

    Oh , my you have a way of making me just want to read further. BUT …. so sad. Isn’t it a parents greatest fear when a child walks out the door ????

    Very good , Gayle

    Namaste,
    Izzy

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    • This was another of Victoria’s prompt on using a headline to inspire a short story or poem. This was based on a story of this local boy who was hit by a speeding truck. So many parents are concerned about the lack of safety at school bus stops. I always feel so very sorry for families that go through the loss of a child.

      I’m glad you liked it–even though sad.

      Namaste,
      Gayle

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  4. jgavinallan

     /  May 14, 2011

    It was a struggle to click that i liked it. Reason…so emotional. I will try to be helpful with comments, though it is hard.
    You set up the end perfectly. The reader is lured into a false sense of security concerning the intent of the piece. Then! Bang!
    Gayle—this must have been difficult to write. You are gifted.

    I would read this right before I am going to sleep…I see me laying there with eyes open for awhile.

    love
    Jaye xoxo

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    • Aw, so sorry this was so difficult for you, Jaye. It was hard for me to read that article about Anthony–because they included sweet details about him like loving Scooby-Doo cartoons and what he wanted to be when he grew up, etc. It also described his mother’s feelings of numbness. My heart broke for her–and all his family and friends.

      Maybe will open some people’s awareness to be especially cautious around children.

      Love,
      Gayle

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      • jgavinallan

         /  May 14, 2011

        Do not mind me—it was temporary. What happened is permanent.
        You must write about it so people know what their actions may cause.
        I think it is wonderful and strong of you.

        Prays to his mom and dad—and all family

        Jaye—thank you for writing this
        xo

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      • So true–I think of his poor family. I hope by writing, it will raise a bit of awareness to be cautious and careful around children.

        Thank you for your kind comment for me, Jaye.

        Love,
        Gayle xoxo

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  5. Oh my God. I can’t even begin to image that families grief. I feel grief just reading about it and know it happened and that there are probably a lot of stories out there like this. Too too sad. Good to write about it. Maybe it will make some folks think. Who knows. We can only hope … Well written and touches the heart.

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    • Victoria’s prompt was to find a headline to write about. I came upon Anthony’s sad story. My heart goes out to his family and friends and all who have lost someone senselessly.

      Thank you, Jamie.

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