"Second Chance"

Written by Kathi Stringer

The party was great,
    as everyone could see,
My friends were having a good time,
    including me.

Drink after drink,
    I stopped in time.
Just a little tipsy,
    but feeling fine.

The party's over, time to go.
    No, don't worry about me, I'm O.K., you know.

How easily I forget, as I turn the key,
    my loved ones and future apart from me.

I'm in control, only a little coordination I lack,
    the back roads are safer and I can act.
I should know, I've done it many times before,
    soon I'll be home at my front door.

For a moment, I look to the stars,
    now I am gone some place far.

Death & darkness all around,
    it's now my place underground.
Still my question about my plight,
    how did I die that night?

"You died on the railways,
    or through the red light.
Blood spilled from you body,
    at the bottom of mountain heights.
It makes no difference how it was done,
    just a tragic end to a night of fun."

"You'll never get that second chance,
    you'll never see another dance.
And on your stone they will see,
    the name of one killed needlessly."

Twisted metal, no good-byes,
    my regrets, silent cries.
Set me free to breath again,
    impossible, my body would not mend.

Redwood pines and ocean shores,
    how I long to see them once more.
Please hear me, one last change,
    never again, bring me back.

Then I heard the little voice,
    "I wish I could, but it was your choice...."

"You'll never get that second chance,
    you'll never see another dance,
and on you stone they will see,
    the name of one killed needlessly."

Then the voice started to fade,
    my thoughts no more....
        because of a choice I made......