Be Careful

Alexis A


You always say “be careful” As I get out of the car to stay the night at friends Or go on a school trip But I remember the first time you said it with true worry in your eyes The first time I drove by myself You gave me the load down of what not to do The usual speech every parent gives I knew I was a good driver and would get better with practice That day was the most careful I have ever driven It was fresh in my mind the dangers of driving Every week I got more comfortable which I believed to be a good thing I started turning up the music to where I could hear a buzz in my ears Started switching the stations every ten seconds I got bored of a song One day I felt the need to text my friend back and I remembered what you said But if I survived doing it once I can survive doing it again right? Everyone took videos of themselves driving fast and blaring music I’ve done it too many times to count Now everyone will know what I was doing I was taking a video as the light turned red I was taking a video as the other car turned into the other lane The camera is pointed towards me now Mom Will the others see how sorry I am Mom? I remember reading what the number one teen death is Motor vehicle accidents Mom please don’t let me become another statistic If only I would have listened to you Mom


This poem shows that when your parents are giving rules that you may not want to hear they are doing it in your best interest. It also shows not to let peer pressure of what everyone else is doing that seems to be “cool” influence your driving habits. The number one cause of teen deaths is motor vehicle accidents and if we able to share awareness of this and tell others to be careful on the road we can save lives.