Can We Not Wait?

Sarah P

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Is it worth it? To not be fully awake. Is it worth it? To not keep your foot on the brake. Is it worth it? To drive glued to a phone. Is it worth it? To answer the text tone. Is it worth it? To become another statistic. Is it worth it? To drive angry and ballistic. Is it worth it? To not buckle the seatbelt before you leave. Is it worth it? To cause your loved ones to grieve. Is it worth it? To be focused on that site on the right. Is it worth it? To give yourself a fright. Is it worth it? To blare the music for all to hear. Is it worth it? When your life disappears. Is it worth it? To change the radio station right at that moment. Is it worth it? To experience perpetual postponement. SCREECH Is it worth it? When the collision occurs. Is it worth it? When you’ve taken someone else’s life, and yours. Is it worth it? To lose something more valuable than just time. Is it worth it? Think about all that you leave behind. Can we not wait? To see who texted us just then- Can we not wait? To contact our friends- Because in the end we all only have one life, And in that end distracted driving always makes you pay the price. The solution: cannot just come from me. The solution: is happily free. Do not treat driving as a blasé act, For in this way, most of us lack. Remember the consequences when you get behind the wheel, Lest you hear the tires squeal.


Description

Rhyming poem detailing some of the ways teens can become distracted, and a possible solution for fixing the joking way some teens treat driving. This poem is based off of a personal experience in which I crashed my first car not long after I received it; I am lucky to be alive. Because of this experience, I hold the problem of distracted driving very close to my heart.