“It was night, it had rained, there were pieces of cars and half-cars strewn” From here, we can tell that a terrible road accident has just happened. “a woman was lying on the highway, on her back, with her head curled back and tucked under her shoulders so the back of her head touched her spine between her shoulder-blades, her clothes mostly accidented off, and her leg gone, a long bone sticking out of the stub of her thigh” There is strong imagery used here as we can imagine a woman in a tremendously horrible shape, probably with a broken neck such that it seems to dangle among her shoulders. Her clothes are torn and tattered from the accident and “her leg gone” (her leg was probably run over) and her bone is showing out of her thigh. This imagery is rather overwhelming, however, it is the rawness of a VERY real and common happening.
Every single injury and death caused by drunk driving is totally preventable. Although the proportion of crashes that are alcohol-related has dropped dramatically in recent decades, there are still far too many such preventable accidents. Unfortunately, in spite of great progress, alcohol-impaired driving remains a serious national problem that tragically effects many victims annually. “my mother grabbed my head and turned it and clamped it into her chest, between her breasts” At this point, we realise that the poem is in the perspective of a child! Mind you, the child has seen the absolutely horrendous and gruesome scene earlier on. We can tell how the flow of the poem is going to come about: The child cannot undo what he/she has seen and this may traumatically affect her in growth. The child is exposed to the raw reality of life.