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Some guys can just drive.
Some guys can go for six or seven hours in a car
and just drive.
They won’t be distracted
by radio or chitchat or thoughts about God.
Because why smell the roses
when you can just hold on and go?

These are not the type to be heavy thinkers,
transcendental authors,
blues singers.
They just buckle the same seatbelt
that I have buckled before and
they do what mankind was meant to do.
They just do.

Now, I don’t drive yet.
But I can tell you that when I do
I will not go quite like them.

I’ll be driving and
it will be dark outside
But I will not feel dark
I’ll be in one of those neighborhoods
with a billion streetlights.
And I will open the window to breathe.
And I will see maybe one of those artistic girls.
The type who will express her individuality
through commercially printed t –shirts.
And she’s dancing on rollerblades.

And I will see her,
and I will laugh.
But I’m not laughing at her
I’m laughing because
Isn’t it something to be a human being?
Then maybe I’ll just drive.

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Hanban12This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 31, 2013 at 8:05 pm
Gosh, this really tugs at the heart, doesnt it? What an amazing concept to write about and I absolutely loved the whole metaphor of just driving. I believe this should've gotten an editors choice checkmark cause really; isnt it something to be a human being? Then maybe I'll just drive along with you :P What an amazing talent you have.
BookNerd35 said...
May 30, 2013 at 8:58 pm
I agree with RoyalCorona. Good Job!
RoyalCorona said...
May 30, 2013 at 8:52 pm
This was one poem that I could read over and over again! I love driving, the freedom that an open road can give you and so I can relate to this so much! This is such a good poem! Great job!
Imaginedangerous This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Dec. 4, 2012 at 6:05 pm
Wow. I love how lyrical this poem is- and it makes you think too.  "Isn't it something to be a human being?" Great work.
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