What If?

Stephannie M

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What If?

Life is full of “what if” questions.

What if I don’t make the trip in time?

What if I do this to please this person?

What if I just took one peek at my phone?

I mean, it’s not like anyone will notice if you do.

Yet still the questions persist, swarming around you

Like bees in a hive.

What if I go a little faster than normal?

What if I try to make a turn?

What if I answer this one text?

What if…I didn’t have to look at the road ahead at all?

What you were doing couldn’t wait, huh?

Here you are, now.

You don’t have to worry about the destination.

Or about the road to get there in the first place.

You should have paid better attention.

You should have just stayed home.

It doesn’t matter now.

You won’t be going to work.

Or school, or that party your friend is having.

Because you hit a tree. Or a deer. Or whatever was in the way.

Thinking it was safe to speed up when you were on the phone.

And now you’re dead.

That’s it for you.

But it didn’t have to be this way…

You could’ve just put the phone down for one second.

You could have noticed the bright flashing lights of the officer that was warning you.

But you chose to ignore the signs.

And look where it got you.