Tag: Highway tragedy

The road to God becomes a road to hell

Let me tell you what happened on the road to God. 

I was a hitchhiker on the side of a dark highway, looking for the road to God, not even knowing if there was such a road — the desperation of the bereaved.

The truck was an oil tanker. My shadowy figure must have spooked the driver. He swerved violently, delivering me a glancing blow and sending me spinning across the shoulder of the road. The truck slammed into the concrete pilon of an overpass. The tanker exploded. It was an inferno. The driver was incinerated.

First responders described the scene as “sheer hell.”

I was taken to a local hospital, and from my hospital bed I watched the horror replayed on the eleven o’clock news.

The truck driver was a young man with a wife and three kids in Memphis. I am an old man who was selfishly searching for an unknown and probably nonexistent entity just so I could possibly be with my wife again.

The tragedy that befell the young truck driver and his family was so grotesquely unfair and unjust that I vowed never to venture on that road again.

I will be haunted by the guilt of his death until I die, but there is nothing I can do to change the tragedy of that night. All I can do now is give up my selfish, and let’s face it, pointless search for God.

Now I stay inside the hallowed confines of my bungalow on County Road 9. Hallowed because it contains the memory of my wife, the photos on the mantel, her dresses still hanging in the closet, her writing materials undisturbed on the desk, all of her belongings still intact. Nothing has been changed or removed.

This is where I will live out my days. This is my life. And this is my death.

The Ballad of Billy Boy

Billy Boy was a composer of the classical variety

Who grew increasingly weary of New York society

He decided to drive down to the deep south

Land of the tiger spider and cottonmouth

Billy Boy had always loved the ladies

Driving them around in his Mercedes

He had planned to put the Macon Georgia

A southern version of Lucrezia Borgia

But he changed his mind in Chapel Hill

And made a beeline for Fayetteville

He decided to visit Renata

For whom he had written a sonata

Renata de Dios he loved the name

That name and sonata would bring him fame

But Fate intervened with a grisly plan

A jerk at the wheel of a cargo van

Suddenly veered across the center line

And then and there it was Billy Boy’s time

When Renata heard the terrible news

She wrote this ballad the Billy Boy Blues

But she knew in her soul and in her heart

They would not forever be apart

Billy Boy went from Highway 87

In his last heartbeat all the way to Heaven.