Do Not Disturb

Peter B


Do Not Disturb A newly developed reflex that plagues us all Making us jump at every text, ding, or call Notifications, news, emails rigged to grab our attention A catalyst for amnesia and our driving retention Dooming us to a fate we do not deserve Allow me to teach you about Do Not Disturb It’s the difference between life and death A simple setting that can postpone your last breath The wall between you and distraction A temporary antidote for technological interaction The safety net between you and that deadly curb Turn on Do Not Disturb “Repeated Calls” for multiple calls that scream emergency. 2 or more calls within 3 minutes scream urgency. This Precaution can be done with a click a button. Precaution becomes prevention from a death so sudden. Your reflex now has no reason to react. Driving with no distractions is the unwritten pact. So turn it on before you drive, it takes a few seconds. Few seconds vs your life, it’s an easy one I reckon? Excuse #1”What if I miss a call?” You’re driving, they’ll understand, it’s worth the stall. Do Not Disturb silences all texts, and dings. Do Not Disturb takes away the notification song our phone sings. I promise a true friend will understand the delay. They’ll understand driving with distraction there’s a price to pay. It’s there for your use, put on the setting! Slide up or down, safety isn’t worth betting. Practice safety, and protect, taught by Phineas and Ferb. I REPEAT! PUT YOUR PHONE ON…DO NOT DISTURB!


Greetings to whom it may concern. What motivated me to write this poem apart from monetary reasons is a personal experience. I used to be a pretty bad driver in terms of not practicing “safe driving”. One day I literally looked away for approximately 2 seconds, and almost hit the driver side bumper. Luckily there were no cars to my left, otherwise, that brief moment could’ve ended much much worst. So now I drive on do not disturb, and leave my family on allowed calls, along with a setting that allows for repeated calls within a 3-minute time span, being the only calls that I will receive. Most people in my life are aware if there is an emergency that they probably should call me more than once. Nowadays I rarely touch my phone, and there’s a sense of pride that comes along with breaking a bad habit and being more responsible.