What Are Friends For?

Alison F


“Girl! You have to check out this music video!” But did I have to? Did I really really have to? “Um…….I’m kind of driving right now if you can’t see.” I should have listened to myself. I knew better. “Yeah I can see that, but there’s this one dance break you’ve gotta see.” I wish I could have told her it wasn’t her fault. I wish I could apologize. “Look girl, we’re almost there and I don’t wanna miss the turn in this darkness.” It was so dark that night. “C’mon. I know you can hear how sick this song is and I know you wanna look.” That was the last look from me she’d ever get. “Ugh! Okaaay. You win, but I’m only gonna look for a second.” It was just one second. “Ha! Now check it out. Here, I’ll show you my phone screen so you can see.” If I had just focused on the road, I would have seen the headlights. “Oh my god! The choreo is ama–” Amazing. That’s what it’d be like if I could have my best friend back.


This freelance poem is a not-so-friendly reminder that even though our friends are amazing, we have to put them on hold when behind the wheel. Readers are shown that all it takes is for a passenger to distract a driver for one second in order for a crash to occur. The narrator is a teenage girl who is recalling the moments that led up to the car crash that killed her best friend. The narrator didn’t realize that just one glance at a cell phone would cost her best friend her life.