In the Blink of an Eye

Lizete H


I sit down, Close the door, Fasten my seatbelt. A quick glance at the mirrors, Left to right and behind me. I’m aware of my surroundings. Now the keys are in the ignition. Turning them to start the car, I step on the break and shift gears to drive. I let go of the break and step on the gas. Looking at the speed limit, Making sure I’m not driving too fast. Looking left to right and behind me. I’m aware of my surroundings, But I’m lost and I don’t know where I’m heading. Looking down at my phone, Searching up directions. I am not aware of my surroundings. I lift my head up, Look at the road, Then glance back down at my phone. My cousin Nataly just texted me, “Where are you Liz? I need my car back!” I haven’t reached my destination yet, so I’m not replying back. Siri says, “In 0.8 miles, make a left turn on San Jacinto Drive.” The sun is hitting my face, I can’t see what street I’m supposed to turn at. *buzz buzz* New iMessage:“Liz! Where are you?!” “In 0.4 miles, make a left turn on San Jacinto Drive.” Looking at the map, it’s saying I’m supposed to turn on the next street. “Incoming call from Nataly.” I look down to press the decline button, But I should have just kept my eyes on the road. BAM! Glass shattered all over me, My phone in one hand, And the other on the steering wheel. Oh my god! I didn’t just crash my cousins car, I didn’t just break the entire windshield. I step on the break, Shifting gears to reverse. As I’m backing up, I can hear is the bumper screeching on the floor. Two guys then approach me, “Woah Woah Woah! Where do you think you’re going?” “Are you ok?’ That’s when I realized I am not okay. I can’t stop shaking, I’m in disbelief. I ran into a huge pickup truck. In a tiny car going at 35 mph, I pushed a parked pickup truck 4 times bigger than the car I was in, to the sidewalk. The back of the pickup truck broke through the windshield, Leaving broken glass all over me and the car. There was no damage done to the pickup truck or to me. Windshield broken, Bumper broken off, My cousin’s car is totaled. I couldn’t stop shaking, I couldn’t stop blaming it on my cousin. If she didn’t call me, this wouldn’t have happened. Like American novelist, Nicholas Sparks, once said, “In the blink of an eye, something happens by chance – when you least expect it – sets you on a course that you never planned, into a future you never imagined.” I never planned for this to happen, But I am the only one to blame. The careless decision I made resulted in this tragic accident. I was almost at my destination. I could have just ignored the call, I should’ve kept my eyes on the road. I should have put my notifications on silent. I could have just listened to the directions. I didn’t take precaution of the dangers of my phone. I thought I was cautious looking left to right and behind me, But didn’t take caution when looking down at my phone.


This poem was written to show how teenagers are cautious of the road when driving, but not when they’re on their phone. This is a personal story of mine that luckily I am alive to tell. I had gotten in a car accident, driving my cousins car. My cousins car was totaled, while the pickup truck was not damaged at all. The reason for me wanting to leave the scene was due to me not having a license at the time. That is when the neighbors, the two guys, came and checked on me. The owner of the pickup truck was surprised I was alive and not hurt at all. It just wasn’t my turn yet, but it is my turn to share my story. My purpose is to show how even looking at your phone for a quick second can lead to a deadly result. In a blink of an eye, your life can change due to the decision you make. Make the correct and safe choice, the wait is worth more than you think.