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A Second Chance


I saw the lights heard the screams.

I felt the impact Is this a dream?

I feel my body flying through the air

Then slammed to the ground - what a scare.


The smell of oil, gas and anti freeze

Fills the dark and scents the breeze.

Moans, screams and crying; what an eerie sound.

Fresh blood steams in the cool of night as it pools on the ground.


I'm in a strange place think I might be dead.

I was drinking and driving my fault when all is done and said.

Who else have I hurt in this awful wreck- oh I am scared!

I knew better but from alcohol my judgment was impaired.


Strangers at my body stared,

Their thoughts I could hear as their souls they bared.

Oh what a waste and indeed a shame,

Another drinking driver an excuse so lame.


At that point I feel myself jump and gasp for air.

My eyes are open and into darkness I stare.

I'm alive, I'm alive I feel my heart pound.

I am in my own bed, not lying dead on the ground.


My body is drenched, I am all wet

The result of a night's sweat.

I am not in a body bag but in my own bed,

My skin is pale not covered in red.


This was, it appears, to be just a dream.

How morbid and real it did seem.

Perhaps just a warning we need to heed,

And food for thought for you to read.


Kent Fletcher March 14, 2008


Kent Fletcher retired as Deputy Chief of the Durham NC Police Dept. He served with that department for 301/2 years. He is a graduate of the 162nd session of the FBI National Academy and has an AA and BS degree in Justice Administration from Guilford College. Writing short stories and poetry has become a part-time hobby. He can be reached at





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