“Guilt (two years later)” by Maya Caulfield is a short poem with a strong story and message. Maya wrote, “You died at 8:00 on a Wednesday morning (or so I heard) I wish I could remember what I was doing that day that seemed so important.” We all know that there are so many distractions while driving on the road that can risk our lives. But why do we let those distractions be more important than the road in front of us? What lies there can determine our lives. We can’t let little things take us off the road to our future.
“Anything but answering the call that you made at 7:58 in the morning,” she concludes. Sadly, phone-related deaths in a car are becoming more common. When are we going to realize that our phones are not that important? Maya’s poem reminded me that when we are on the road, our phones should be nonexistent to us. We can survive the road to our future without our phones.
This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.