What's Your Name?
I'm already going to lose you.
I don't even know your name.
In a world of flashing lights
The sounds of glass and steel breaking free,
For those few minutes, you belonged only to me.
It was I who cut your shirt away
To see your broken ribs
Watching you labor with each breath
As you fought to live.
It was I who wiped the blood away
When it pooled in your eyes,
It was I who watched your heart beat
As the Jaws freed you from your car.
When we finally freed you,
I was still there as we ran
To the back of the ambulance,
It was I who held your hand.
The sounds of the sirens
Rang loudly in my ears
I looked for some small sign,
Your lack of response renewed my fears.
I breathed for you when you could not,
I compressed your chest when your heart wouldn't beat.
I prayed for you with each failure,
I did not want to see defeat.
I finally had to walk away
Knowing the battle had been lost
I saw your father in the hallway,
One look, and I saw the awful cost.
I gathered my equipment together,
And I finally learned your name.
Only 21, I said beneath my breath,
My friends, I feel so drained.
Your blood alcohol came back zero,
The driver of the other car did not.
He was alive and breathing,
No witness to the battle we fought.
I don't know how to say good-bye
We never really said hello,
But a piece of you is with me
Everywhere I go.