Distracted Driving Kills


It’s a Friday it’s late but we don’t care we are having fun and that’s all that matters. but I didn’t realize how quickly it would all be over. my phone vibrates what’s this? as I glance I hear a horn and a scream. Suddenly the world is black and I am no more; but more importantly neither is she. This life could have ended differently I could have been a doctor or an engineer you could have been a florist or a poet we could have been parents but now we are nothing nothing but regret. why? because I valued a text more than our lives.


I wrote this poem after a had a close call driving. I was driving down a two lane highway and I looked down for a second to change the song on my phone and when I looked up a car in the oncoming lane had swerved into mine. I swerved and barely missed that car, but I know it likely would have been a fatal crash. I wrote this immediately after when I thought about how lucky I was to be alive. I also thought about how my decision to look at my phone almost cost me not only my life but my beautiful girlfriend’s life too. Since that day I vowed never to look at my phone while I drive and have encouraged my friends to do the same.