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Vasaris, the Fuzzy Dragon
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March 2014
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Vasaris, the Fuzzy Dragon [userpic]
Stolen from zannechaos, who I think ganked it from someone else...

I Want To Tell You Lies

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 them like it is-
I want to tell them lies.

You didn't put their seatbelts on,
You feel you've killed your kids.
I want to say you didn't, but in a way you did.
You pound your fists against my chest,
You're hurting so inside,
I want to say you'll be okay-
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 okay, 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 awoke.
Don't grab my arm and ask 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 okay, you didn't take her life.
I heard you say you love her and you'd never hurt your wife.
You thought you didn't drink too much, you thought 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 fallen from there? You thought she couldn't climb.
I want to say her neck's not broke, that she'll 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 you lies.

You left the cabinet open and your daughter found that 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 won't 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 one day you'll understands, sometimes
I have to tell you lies.

Wear your seatbelts. Keep poisons, fireworks, etcetera out of the reach of children. Keep your smoke alarm in operating order. If you don't have one, get one. Never ever drive if you've been drinking. Never leave your toddler unattended, not for just one second. Keep your guns locked and out of reach, buy a trigger lock. Teens, be responsible drivers, obey all traffic lights, speed limits and railroad crossing signals. Protect our children, they are our future. Am I preaching? Am I nagging? I guess I am just telling it like it is. Or I could just tell you a lie.

Dedicated to all the police officers, firefighters, first responders, EMTs, paramedics, emergency flight crews and all civil servants that deal with the tragedies of life and death.

I didn't write this, I'm not even sure who did, actually. This is something my dad gave to me a number of years back when he was medical captain of the volunteer fire department where we lived. I found it the other day while I was going through my junk in storage at Grandpa's, and thought I'd type it up here so I could share it and save it for myself as well. I in fact encourage you to post the poem on your LJ- it'll reach more people that way. It's a hell of a job they do. So if you know one, tell 'em 'thanks'.
-- yuuo

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