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People Like Us

by J. R. Lowe about a year ago in social commentary
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A societal comment on the underestimated dangers of driving

People Like Us
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Things like that don’t happen to people like us.

They happen on the news, or to distant friends of friends we’ve never met.

If life were a book, such things would only be written in someone else’s chapter,

The likes of which one reads only to forget,

As just another fantasy with no happy ever after.

But things like that don’t happen to people like us.

In those chapters, riddled with graphic pictures

Of morphed metal stained red and the smoky haze of car fumes, would be the end

Of a loved one’s story,

A mother, a son, a friend.

But things like that don’t happen to people like us.

Our homes remain intact and safe throughout the ages,

Family in all,

And with them, we write new stories upon blank pages

Which shall never be ripped from our books when we answer a call.

Because things like that don’t happen to people like us.

We don’t lose focus when we try

To catch a glimpse of our phone,

Turn a corner too swiftly when the clouds cry,

Or speed through the streets to get us home.

Because things like that don’t happen to people like us.

Perhaps we would have made it home,

If only someone knew,

That things like that don’t happen to people like us,

Until they do.

Author's Note: Every year, roughly 1.3 million lives are lost across the globe as a result of traffic accidents, and millions more are barely saved following severe injuries. That's over a million homes which will never be the same again, destroyed every year by the loss of loved ones. The psychological concept which causes drivers to believe they're safer than they actually are may lead to risky behaviours, and when combined with the fact that we tend to underestimate breaking distances and overestimate the benefits of speeding, driving can easily become fatal.

This poem is dedicated to all those who have been lost to road fatalities.

To all those still with us - please drive safely, and make it home.

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J. R. Lowe

I confess, I don't exactly have a specific topic or writing style, or an organised train of thought for that matter. On the plus side, that means there's probably something here everyone ;)

Twitter: https://twitter.com/J0SHwrites

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