His Farewell Bell

One in his mid twenties strong, fit, healthy and well
But today he did not hear the tolling of his farewell bell
One who leaves a baby daughter and a grieving wife
A driving mistake it did cost him his life
In the fading twilight half an hour before dark
Last week i met him and his wife with their baby in her pram in the park
With a cheerful good evening they greeted me
The last time together them i was to see
A young father and husband was buried today
For a driving mistake with his life he did pay
Speeding to get to work on time of his car he lost control
To become one more statistic of a growing road toll
He was driving too fast danger he did not fear
This morning the bell that farewelled him he did not hear.

by Francis Duggan

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