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Where Were You?

Where were you?
When I lost control and was abandoned by the road

Where were you?
When someone else whispered those words
The words that said "don't panic, because we're fine"

Where were you?
When the water level rose
When a seatbelt was holding me up

Where were you?
When cars stopped and asked me
Asked if I was hurt, if someone was coming

Where were you?
When I started to panic all those times
When the other passenger had to reassure me

Where were you?
When my arms became numb, but I was scared
Scared that shifting my weight would tip us over

Where were you?
When I had to watch people stop and then leave
Leaving because of my skin color

Where were you?
When teenaged boys had to pull me out of a car
When I stood on the side of the road in the rain

Where were you?
When the police showed up
When I was being protected by others

Where were you?
When people took pictures for insurance
When I saw what happened from the outside

Where were you?
When I was being questioned
Still wet from the constant drizzle of rain

Where were you?
When the tow truck pulled up, the 3rd one we called
Because everyone was in a pinch from the weather

Where were you?
As we all watched him struggle for 30 mins to pull it out
As passing cars almost hit the police on the 2 lane road

Where were you?
When my family took me home that night
When they gave me space and comfort at the same time

Where were you?
When I went to sleep cuddling a dog that night
When I remembered everything that had just happened


Where were you? Where were you? Where were you? Where were you?!


You weren't there.
When we took a wet back road in the dark
When the rain caused us to slide down into the 2ft ditch

You weren't there.
When I braced against the car
Scared it would fully tip over

You weren't there.
When the other person reminded to stay calm
That panicking wouldn't let me think things through

You weren't there.
When I watched everyone else's dad pull over
Pull over and run to see if we were alright

You weren't there.
When the women made absolutely sure we were OK
That someone was actually on the way

You weren't there.
When everyone else's mothers called them
Just instinctively knowing something was wrong

You weren't there.
When my mom pulled up next to us
Bringing all of my brothers to help us get out on solid ground

You weren't there.
When they took over so I didn't have to
Getting me out of the cold rain and making sure I wasn't alone

You weren't there.
When the report was filed
Thanks to a passerby calling 911 for us

You weren't there.
When we kept getting deferred by towing companies
Because there were at least 7 other wreaks just called in

You weren't there.
When I watched how hard it was to pull it out
The whole front passenger tire was submerged in the soft mud

You weren't there.
When we could finally head home, and I stress ate
When we got to bed around 1 am

You weren't there.
Even after mom called, you never contacted me
Never texted to see if I was fine, from me personally


You weren't there. So where were you?
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