Sunday, December 12, 2010

EMS Poem- Author Unknown

Well I guess over a month is enough time to be on hiatus from my blog.  Nothing much has been going on and I didn't have much to write about until this evening.

I was on a EMS forum tonight talking about difficult calls and tough situations one has to face being in the EMS field.  There was a new EMT student who had a coroner come and give a lecture to her class about death and dying.  He apparently showed a rather gruesome slide show and she ran out of the room halfway through the class crying her eyes out.  She posed the question of whether she was cut out for the job and whether it was right of the speaker to show them those pictures at all.  Someone in the forum posted this poem as a response that it is part of out job to deal with nasty shit and that not all we do is nice, pretty, and fun.  Being in this field for as long as I have has given me a perspective that not too many people understand.  Although I did get teary when I read the poem and it moved me.  Moved me enough that i wanted to share it in my blog.

"I Want To Tell You Lies."

Author unknown.

I want to tell that little boy his Mom will be just fine
I want to tell that dad we got his daughter out in time
I want to tell that wife her husband will be home tonight
I don't want to tell it like it is, I want to tell them lies

You didn't put their seat belts on, you feel you killed your kids
I want to say you didn't ... but in a way, you did
You pound your fists into my chest, you're hurting so inside
I want to say you'll be OK, I want to tell you lies

You left chemicals within his reach and now it's in his eyes
I want to say your son will see, not tell you he'll be blind
You ask me if he'll be OK, with pleading in your eyes
I want to say that yes he will, I want to tell you lies

I can see you're crying as your life goes up in smoke
If you'd maintained that smoke alarm, your children may have woke
Don't grab my arm and ask me if your family is alive
Don't make me tell you they're all dead, I want to tell you lies

I want to say she'll be OK, you didn't take her life
I hear you say you love her and you'd never hurt your wife
You thought you didn't drink too much, you thought that you could drive
I don't want to say how wrong you were, I want to tell you lies

You only left her for a moment, it happens all the time
How could she have fell from there? You thought she couldn't climb
I want to say her neck's not broke, that she will be just fine
I don't want to say she's paralyzed, I want to tell you lies

I want to tell this teen his buddies didn't die in vain
Because he thought that it'd be cool to try to beat that train
I don't want to tell him this will haunt him all his life
I want to say that he'll forget, I want to tell him lies

You left the cabinet open and your daughter found the gun
Now you want me to undo the damage that's been done
You tell me she's your only child, you say she's only five
I don't want to say she wont see six, I want to tell you lies

He fell into the pool when you just went to grab the phone
It was only for a second that you left him there alone
If you let the damn phone ring perhaps your boy would be alive
But I don't want to tell you that, I want to tell you lies

The fact that you were speeding caused that car to overturn
And we couldn't get them out of there before the whole thing burned
Did they suffer? Yes, they suffered, as they slowly burned alive
But I don't want to say those words, I want to tell you lies

But I have to tell it like it is, until my shift is through
And then the real lies begin, when I come home to you,
You ask me how my day was, and I say it was just fine
I hope you understand, sometimes, I have to tell you lies

To all my EMS family...stay strong and stay safe out there.

Signing off 23:26