“Any Other Time”
You leave your house Excited to see your friends, Like any other weekend But it is not any other weekend. It is the day you leave your house, Unaware that it might be the day you leave this world. You are in the car choosing your favorite song, Like you would do any other drive. Although, it is not any other drive, It is the one where your life will change forever. Now, you are finally on your way, Running a little late. Your friends remain impatient, Blowing up your phone. You don’t even contemplate Whether or not you should text them back. Because any other time. You would. So you grab your phone… But this time, isn’t any other time It is not any other text message, Or any other person. …And then everything goes dark This time YOU are the teen In the statistics everyone told you about. YOU are the victim of texting and driving. You don’t even remember if you pressed send or not. You can’t even put together pieces of what happened. The only hint you get is the familiar smell of a hospital, And the painful sound of your parents crying. Between the beeps of the monitor, And sniffles of your parents You hear the muffled sound of the doctor. “We did everything we could, But she did not make it.” And then it hits you. You are alive, But someone else isn’t. You had hit a 18 year old girl, And she didn’t make it out alive. In the moment of sending a single text, You devalued your own life, And took someone else’s. You knew people could end a life with a knife or a gun, But little did you know you would end one with a text message.
This poem is about a teenager who leaves his house on a typical day and carries out his daily actions. He is aware of the dangers of texting and driving, but he still takes his life for granted and risks others around him, because he believes it won’t happen to him. Or at least he won’t get into an accident that specific time. In the end, he does get into an accident and hits a young girl. I targeted the poem from this aspect because as being a teenager I know that our mentalities tend to ignore what happens to other people. We have very stubborn minds and never focus on the fact that what happens to thousands of teens out there can indeed happen to us. Teens need to come to the realization that in one single moment, or text message, their lives could be flipped upside down.