Poetry On Odyssey: In A Moment

Poetry On Odyssey: In A Moment

Have you ever drove past a car crash site and wondered who the victims were as people?
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Sirens wailed

Time seemed to have slowed

I wondered

As I peeked out the car window

A woman cried

A man, so angry

A child feared

Me, a passerby


I looked on with curiosity

Their lives

Whether so beautiful

Or unbelievably ugly

Were now engulfed

By hazing flames

Were now bruised

By the monstrous dent

Were now dimmed

By the broken headlights


Were any of them hurt?

Will they have enough money for repairs?

Will the parents fight?

Will the child cry?

Will they ever be the same again?


Its bizarre

How everything could

shatter

In one short breath

How everything could

Be overcomed by

Misfortune

Erasing the smiles

Of yesterday


Their lives are broken.


But it doesn’t affect me

Their lives aren’t mine

I’ll drive past the melting metal

The ash-covered skeleton

The burning tires

Then

I’ll move on


To me

In the end

They were just

faceless victims

I won’t even remember

this night


Yet, to them

This was the night

Screams wailed

Hearts bleed

Tears dropped

Like atomic bombs


Disclaimer: This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, and incidents are either the products of the author's imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.

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22 New Things That I Want To Try Now That I'm 22

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1. Go sky diving.

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2. Go cliff jumping/diving.

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3. Ride in a hor air balloon.

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4. Try out skiing.

Cash me in the next Olympics, how bout dat.

5. Try out snow boarding.

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6. Go bungee jumping.

Because at least this time I'll be attached to something.

7. Go to Portugal.

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8. Go to Cape Verde.

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9. Vist one of the seven wonders of the world.

I mean hey, Egypt's on, my bucket list.

10. Try out surfing.

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11. Learn a new langauge.

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12. Travel to a state that I've never been to before.

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13. Go paddle boarding.

Pretty boring but I've never done it.

14. Go scuba diving.

I'm from the Ocean State so I guess I should see the ocean up close and personal.

15. Learn how to line dance.

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19. Go to a medium.

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20. Take a helicopter ride.

Air plane: check Helicopter:....

21. Sleep under the stars.

Because sleeping in a tent is more like glamping than camping

22. Just to try new things in my everyday life.

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It's time to Put The Phone Away And Be Present

Because sometimes there are times when you just need to put your phone down.

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I was at a concert a few weeks ago, but something dawned on me. When the performer was taking a break from singing, he was talking to some people in the pit. While he was talking to a guy in the crowd, this girl just had her phone out essentially in his face.

The performer said something that really spoke to me. "Put the phone away and be present."

I've been to tons of concerts in my life. I've seen a variety of artists. I've taken tons of pictures and videos. I've had multiple minute Snapchat stories the day after. I was doing this so I could watch the videos and Snapchats later, so I can look back on the pictures. But in the process, I was missing the moments that I was physically getting to be apart of.

During this concert, it finally clicked for me.

We spend so much time taking the perfect picture, recording the best video, posting the funniest Snapchat story, that we're missing out on what we're physically apart of at that very moment. We want everyone else to know what we're doing and who we're with, that we don't always take the opportunity to fully appreciate the moments we're getting to live.

We're getting opportunites and chances that some people would kill to have, and we're taking advantage of them. We're spending time with people with love and care about, and we're taking advantage of it.

Sure, we'll appreciate the pictures and the videos when we're looking back one day. But the memories we'll have far beyond our iPhone and Snapchat memory is going to be so much more valuable in the end.

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