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Saving Lives In "Traveling Through The Dark" By William Stafford

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Saving Lives

The most wonderful thing in the world is being able to save the life of another. Some people have this chance and some people do not. The people that have not had the chance might have never been in a situation to save a person's or thing's life. Some people might have been in a situation to have saved someone or something and not chosen to act on it. The situation can be unnoticeable and you would have to think about it and observe the details. The poem "Traveling through the Dark" by William Stafford is about making the right decisions and saving lives.

In this poem, the speaker will tell us the story of how he made the correct decision and saved the life of many people. "Traveling through the dark I found a deer dead on the edge of the Wilson River road. It is usually best to roll them into the canyon: that road is narrow; to swerve might make more dead" (Stafford 1-4). The speaker is driving down a narrow road and sees a dead deer on the side of the road. Since he swerved to miss the deer, it became a dangerous situation and other people might swerve too much and end up dead themselves. "By glow of the tail-light I stumbled back of the car and stood by the heap, a doe, a recent killing; she had stiffened already, almost cold. I dragged her off;" (Stafford 5-8). Once the speaker stopped the car he went and observed how dangerous the situation was. The speaker decided to drag the doe into the river so no one would swerve to miss the deer and become injured. "She was large in the belly. My fingers touching her side brought me the reason--her side was warm; her fawn lay there waiting, alive, never to be born. Beside that mountain road I hesitated" (Stafford 8-12). Once the speaker touched the belly of the doe he realized that she was pregnant. The side of the doe was still warm so that meant her fawn was still alive. The speaker then had to think about throwing the doe into the river, because he did not want to kill her fawn. "I thought hard for us all--my only swerving--, then pushed her over the edge into the river" (Strafford 17-18). The speaker tried to...

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