if you've ever ridden in an ambulance
you'd know that you're always
in the wrong place
(you should be driving, you know,
since you're always saying
it doesn't really hurt)
you're always strapped down
and watching the lights on the ceiling
and bumping along with the
ruts in the road, listening to your
little brother cry because your
mother was taken somewhere else
because that damned addict
drove when he shouldn't have -

if you've ever ridden in an ambulance
you'd know that nothing hurts
as much as holding back
tears so no one else knows you're
human, even though you
bleed -

if you've ever ridden in an ambulance
you'd know that it's too silent
to make that much noise -

if you've ever ridden in an ambulance
you'd know that it's a long
long way to the hospital