The Wrongful Termination of Life

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Today You are a newly licensed teen Passionate about the future of humanity Driving towards great destiny Today You casually scroll through Facebook Hastily making turns and speeding through red lights With one hand on the wheel Today Facebook news feeds feature fast-spreading epidemics and gun violence Anger bubbles up within you You wonder why people continue to die preventable deaths You wonder why the world is so unfair You wonder what can be done Yet today Amidst chaotic controversies that remain debatable and unresolved Lies the forgotten administrator of death Today A fearful high-pitched scream pierces the air Followed by a horrific thud You dreadfully look up from your phone screen As you get a glimpse of reality Today Your heart beats feverishly Tears stream endlessly And body shakes uncontrollably You wish you could take it back Go back into the past and have shut off your cell phone To have kept your eyes on the road To have seen that little girl crossing the street Today Facebook could have waited You should have waited Today You became a murderer The cause of a preventable death No amount of regret and what you “should have” done can change what is already done It is done The destruction of yet another innocent soul Is done