WEP’S OCTOBER CHALLENGE, THE SCREAM, OCTOBER 20-22, 2021, STOP SIGNS IGNORED, A POEM, BY Pat Garcia, @pat_garcia @DeniseCCovey @YolandaRenee @LGKeltner
Tagline: Ignoring stop signs can be deadly.
STOP SIGNS IGNORED
It was her life the daughter screamed,
and she gazed in disdain at her mother.
The older woman stood amazed at the sixteen-year-old
and the reflection of hatred coming from her eyes.
She watched as her daughter ran into the darkness.
On a bitterly cold night, on a lonely street, defying her warnings,
ignoring her pleas to return home with her.
Returning home, the mother took out her rosary, began to pray, and fell asleep.
The weatherman had said the temperature would be way below freezing.
The sharp wind beating against her house confirmed his prognosis.
A loud thump against her front door awakened her, and she jumped up and hurried to look out the peep.
But no one was there.
Noticing the chilled room, she turned up the heat, took her rosary, and began praying again.
The sun woke her up.
Where was that daughter of hers, she asked herself while going to retrieve the newspaper from the front door?
Shock reverberated throughout her body
When she opened it.
On the stoop lay her daughter,
Before she screamed.