I Tried to Teach you

Kaitlynn D


I tried to teach you. I told you to always drive the speed limit, Never talk on the phone or text, Always stop and yield, Be careful at night. I taught you all the rules of the road, I thought you would listen to your mother, I never thought I’d live the to see the day, When I buried my only child. Why do these things happen? I tried to teach you, I know you were listening. You were a good boy, You always got straight A’s, You were never late, How is this the end? I tried to teach you I dreamed about your graduation, Your wedding day, The day I’d meet my grandchild, Now I know I’ll never get to see those days. I tried to teach you, And I know I taught you well. You never broke the rules, You never texted, You never sped, You followed all my instructions; But I forgot about those other children. The ones that don’t wear seatbelts, The ones that text and drive. I tried to be a good mother and teach you right, But for all my teaching, I forgot to warn you about the ones who run red lights. For all the things I taught you, I never thought I’d have to teach myself How to say goodbye.


My grandmother always used to tell me, it’s not you I’m worried about, its all the other drivers on the road. This is where my inspiration came from. As a driver, I tend to focus solely on what I need to do. Whereas in reality, I need to do my part to help educate others on driving safely as well, which is why I chose to write this poem.