One Was All It Took

Audrey L


Five Five miles from home Leaving study hall Slow and steady steps Echoes off the wall Four Four feet to the car Flashing headlights A silver convertible Fading out of sight Three Three exits to go The end of the day A drive through the stars An endless highway Two Two text messages Begging to be read Pervasive darkness A sharp turn ahead One One look at a phone The screech of a tire Shards of glass flying An engine on fire Zero Zero beats on a screen Another hand cold Wires unplugged Just 16 years old Gone with just one look One was all it took So keep your eyes upon the road Your foot upon the brakes Don’t find yourself distracted For one look is all it takes


Expressed through a doomed countdown, this poem demonstrates the dangers of distracted driving and emphasizes the fact that it only takes one – one look at a phone, one unbuckled seat belt, one reckless driver – to stop the clock forever.