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Death By Distraction

Spinning Out Of Control

By Kelli Sheckler-AmsdenPublished 4 months ago Updated 4 months ago 1 min read
Top Story - May 2023
Death By Distraction
Photo by Grant Whitty on Unsplash


May be disturbing****


D riving with my phone out, I am distracted in the car

I instantly regret it, as I leave the local bar

S creaming at the window, as I cross the center line

T ime passes in slow motion as I smash into a pine

R egret the choice I made, it's too late to take it back

A n ambulance is coming, OMG, a body bag

C razy what your mind will tell you, to justify your deeds

T ime will tell if my repentance is too late, to grow those seeds

I beg and make my promises, save me and who I hit

O ne promise I won't break again, I'm through, I'm done, I quit

N othing could prepare me for the face my momma made, when she came to claim my things, and covered me up, where I laid


About the Creator

Kelli Sheckler-Amsden

Telling stories my heart needs to tell <3 life is a journey, not a competition

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  • ImperfectlyPerfect4 months ago

    Love it,congrats on TS..Definitely a cautious tale for those who drink and drive

  • Cassie Belau4 months ago

    Oooft. Best anti drink driving advert right here. Great poem 😊

  • MARIE ODEMS 4 months ago

    YOU ARE TALENTED!!!!!!!!! GREAT WORK!!!!!!!!

  • Kendall Defoe 4 months ago

    If Poe had a laptop... 💻 Interesting TS!

  • Motivational Bucks4 months ago

    Interesting, please check this one also. https://vocal.media/motivation/how-to-break-a-bad-habit-and-replace-it-with-a-good-one

  • K. C. Wexlar4 months ago

    creative and powerful

  • Lazulii Rain4 months ago

    Powerful work.

  • ARC4 months ago

    Whoo... Kelli this is brutal. And so important. Thank you for writing such a powerful piece, heartbreaking though it is.

  • Sandra Tena Cole4 months ago

    Thank you for sharing such an important message 💔❤️

  • Loryne Andawey4 months ago

    Well done with this one Kelli. It's chilling how many alternatives we can think of when it's already too late

  • Andrew C McDonald4 months ago

    Wow.Great job of invoking the regret and wish to take back what is done. Too many mother’s have had to cover up a loved one as they lie on the steel table.

  • Cindy Calder4 months ago

    I read your poem because the Pieta is my favorite piece of art. The poem is haunting in its regret and remorse. A beautiful parallel to the image you chose.

  • RM Stockton4 months ago

    This is hauntingly beautiful and heartbreaking, Kelli. Such a beautiful and heart-wrenching poem, and a perfect entry for the acrostic challenge! Well done!

  • Lamar Wiggins4 months ago

    Congrats, Kelli!

  • Donna Renee4 months ago

    Oh wowwww. Heavy and important stuff, Kelli. Congrats on the top story!

  • JBaz4 months ago

    powerful, insightful and still all to true Absolutely a great read Congratulations

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  • Cathy holmes4 months ago

    Congrats on the TS

  • J. S. Wade4 months ago

    A horrible truth. Unfortunately, not fictional for so many. Awesome work Kelli. Congratulations 🥰🥇

  • Simon George4 months ago

    The image and the story fit so well together. Nice ending. 👌

  • Real Poetic4 months ago

    Wow so creative and dark. Love this.

  • Jarosław4 months ago

    Congratulations on Top Story!!

  • Melissa Ingoldsby4 months ago

    A haunting story in this acrostic poem! Congratulations 🎊 on top story!

  • Congratulations on your Top Story❗🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉

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