Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Night Lost By Jasen Sousa

The Night Lost


Five kids in a car,
turning on the ignition, music turned up so strangers could listen.
Bottle caps on beer bottles started twisting, sipping and passing.
Everyone was having a good time laughing and joking, sunroof open.
Kids full of potential and passion never thought of the car crashing.
On the way to a party on Saturday night, each looking for a girl who was just right.
Passing a blunt in the backseat and like a track meet, the car started to go faster.
The driver didn’t want to risk humility, so he didn’t speak of his inability.
Everything became still at 3:00 a.m. as they drove straight to their disaster.
The driver lost control, the car wrapped around a telephone pole, four was the death toll.

In the midst of the summers heat, bodies lifeless on concrete, none more than 20-years-old.
Results from moving too fast, broken glass, alas, this night would be their living last.
At the accident scene the wind is reciting the story being told.
After the smoke cleared, four peers sinking into a cemetery, overhead raining tears.
The one survivor has to live with cold stares, every night the moment reappears.
The moment before they crashed, four kids with bright futures became part of the past.
Every time a young kid opens a cold beer, their souls are released into the air.
One night of not thinking can change your entire world.
A bad decision left four no longer living and for one, a normal life stops.
This is the night lost.




Taken From
Selected Poems of Jasen Sousa
17-24
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Comprised of works from:
Life, Weather (First Collection of Poems Written At Age 17) (Not In College)
A Thought and A Tear for Every Day of The Year: A Poetic Diary (Written Between ages 18-19) (Stint at Suffolk University)
Close Your Eyes and Dream With Me (Written During Early Twenties) (Bay State College)
Almost Forever (Written During Early Twenties) (Bay State College)
A Mosaic of My Mind (Written at Age 24) (Beginning Emerson College)

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