THE ARCHIVES: Chapter 50

Don’t Drink and Drive

Driver’s ed
took place in an old history classroom.
We watched videos
that were more like horror movies.
Teenage drivers
whipped around curvy roads,
laughing and drinking,
then the driver hit a tree.
Blood, glass, and metal flew everywhere.
Everyone gasped,
except Liz, who laughed.
“It’s so overdramatic,” she said
as she picked a zit.
“And these videos are totally old.
They’re, like, from the 70s.”
Watching the videos
didn’t make me any more eager
to learn to drive
a metal deathtrap,
even though I definitely won’t be drinking.
I dread the moment
when I take the wheel.

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