Matthew R


For all my friends who died inside a steel cage rolling And for the friends of friends to whom a message was almost sent Those who got a different message instead For the victims of our time Of our immediacy Of our impatience I beg you Put your phone down


I wrote this imagining the call families and friend get when a loved one is killed. I thought of a text being sent when someone’s life is taken on the road. People like to live so fast and free and that’s beautiful but we also have a responsibility to those we love. Our actions matter. I wrote this poem for the people who know how much another’s actions can affect them.