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Sixteen MAG

April 25, 2016
By BriaL SILVER, Oshkosh, Wisconsin
BriaL SILVER, Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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I want to talk about sixteen.

How at this age,

naive teenagers receive keys to machines

that end 1.3 million lives every year.

How kids

who are still required to raise their hands
to go to the bathroom,

are entrusted with a responsibility that


– no, requires

an abrupt transformation into adulthood.


I want to talk about how many of these teens
believe they are invincible.

They think they are ready –

ready to take on the world.

The unlucky ones soon face the truth.

They are not invincible.

They are not ready.

They will never get the chance to discover
their potentials

because their bodies are decaying in the dirt.


I want to talk about how when I was sixteen,

I said, “That will never happen to me.”


I want to talk about the day pieces and parts flew in all directions,

cascading across the road.

Glass shattered.

Gasoline oozed.

I sat frozen in the front seat,

exhaust filling my nose

as my white knuckles clutched the steering wheel’s smooth leather surface.

My heart beat,

a pulsing, thudding, growing rhythm.

Eventually, I stumbled out of the crushed
golden van,

overwhelmed with relief that no one
was badly injured.


I was one of the lucky ones.

My story is why I say sixteen is too young.

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on Sep. 18 2019 at 12:12 am
Dahlia_black BRONZE, Helena, Montana
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Favorite Quote:
“ Do your very best to not procrastinate, for example I have an essay due tomorrow at eight and ... hey is that a squirrel in that tree?”

I agree with this on a large scale. I am a sophomore and will be getting license soon. But I notice on days when I am distracted by a test, angry or sad. My driving gets reckless, sloppy and sometimes downright dangerous. I think fifteen is to young. Our brains are still to young. Still charging like mad trains.