A friend’s son died in a car crash last night. An eighteen-year-old boy who had only finished his high school exams days before. It is with a heavy heart that I share this post that I wrote about the death of Cooper Ratten, the son of a famous football coach.

This post is dedicated to the my friend’s family and also to the Ratten family whose families have both lost a son, a brother and a friend.

(Excerpt of poem and eulogy, by Brett Ratten)

A picture of you

I only have a picture now,

A frozen piece of time,

To remind me of how it was,

When you were here and when you were mine.

I read Brett Ratten’s poem over and over, struggling to grasp the image of a father delivering his handwritten poem at his son’s eulogy. Continue reading “Touched by the road toll”