Two Seconds


Heavy foot

removes itself

from one pedal

and slams onto

the other--

too late!

Two tons of steel

boxes travelling

at sixty miles an hour

scrape

scratch

crunch

into each other--

becoming one.

shards of glass

rocket and pierce

the skin

metal collapses and crushes

the heavy foot that was unable

to stop

in time.





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PDXKaraokeGuy, also known as Justin W. Price, is the managing editor at eFiction horror. Husband to Andrea, father to two dogs. writer.poet.baseball fan. tattooed. He is am amateur theologian with a rabid sweet tooth. He resides in a suburb of Portland, Oregon.He has a poetry book available for Amazon Kindle, and also maintains a blog, FirstBlog. His work has been featured in the Crisis Chronicles, efiction Magazine, The Hellroaring Review, the Bellwether Review, eFiction Humor, and the Rusty Nail. Please visit his profile page for more information. Thanks!

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PDXKaraokeGuy 3 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Rajan... I appreciate your analysis. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Just awesome Justin! A great reminder to stay safe. Life is precious and we need to slow down our pace of our vehicles, and also life.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Stessily. Mr. Dylan is quite the poet so to be compared to him in anyway is a great honor. I'm so pleased you enjoyed this piece! Thanks for stopping by!


stessily 4 years ago

Justin, Nice symmetry with powerful images in between the beginning and the ending of this concise, precise poem, which is your hallmark. Interestingly, I was listening to Bob Dylan's "Things Have Changed" as I clicked onto your poem. Midway through, I heard Bob's words, "The next 60 seconds could be like an eternity", and I thought how the duration of a second or two changes with perception, events, etc.

Well done!

Kind regards, Stessily


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Debby!


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Debby Bruck 4 years ago

Hi Justin ~ This was a good one. Expressive. Voted up. Debby


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

eid, thank you very much. I'm sorry this hit home for you :-(

waleeds, so true. I like your analysis. Thanks for reading and commenting!

princess, i never have lost someone close, but a former coworker of mine and a family friend who I didn't know until after the fact lost their own lives and the lives of one of their children, respectively.

Penmepretty,I'm glad you're here to talk about it!

Tammy, especially me. I drive way too fast...

Tony, indeed. it's amazing to me.

thank you all for reading and commenting!


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tonyfischer 4 years ago from Southeastern Michigan

Wow! This really illustrates how time can really slow down in a life threatening situation and how long two seconds really is.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Excellent.. you captured those deadly two seconds. It is a good reminder for even speed demons to slow down.

Chilling and well done!


PenMePretty 4 years ago from Franklin

Wow! This says so much. I relate. Had it happen. :-)

Voted up!


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princesswithapen 4 years ago

Ask anyone who has lost someone in a road accident - This poem can bring tears to the eyes. Simple, yet very powerful.

Princesswithapen


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waleeds 4 years ago from Islamabad,Pakistan

very well written in the form of prose karoake. we all need to be very very careful while driving since it's only a matter of seconds that ultimately decides the living or dying. MAY GOD BLESS US ALL!!!


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

It is a message that we are all aware of but it certainly hits home again as we read this.

You are a great writer.

Take care and enjoy your New Year.

Eddy.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

@ Vinaya, thank you for your comment.

@tsmog: thank you the multiple readings and the very thoughtful comment. Walking on the beach in Oregon is certainly inspiring!

@ Sunshine: she was speeding thought he parking lot on her cell phone and ran a stop sign. She was about a foot away from hitting me. She rolled her window down and said "Sorry. I didn't see you." I said nothing.

@ Yt: yes. Indeed it is. Thanks for the read and the thoughtful analysis/comment.


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ytsenoh 5 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

It's incredible how a twist of the metal can make, break, or end a life. Nice poem and really good image to accompany it. Thank you.


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

PDX...You need to be more careful in those parking lots!!! Glad you are ok!


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tsmog 5 years ago from Escondido, CA

I've read this a few times now. Caught me it has. Reminds me of one (1) degree. The difference between subtle and impact in one sense. Maybe the cauldron is simmering, one degree from a different stage, just one degree.

Thank you for sharing your walk, where, only who knows, maybe the beach in Oregon, or the township, surely a cup of coffee must have been present.

Later, a friend says to a friend , , ,today beckons , , ,


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Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

Two seconds reminds me Final Destinations.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

@ Icc- I like ti very much. I may start using it.

@ Sunshine. Indeed. I actually very nearly got ran over in a parking lot just the other day. A reminder that life is short and could end at any time. Looking forward to your comment on my music column, and i appreciate your comment here.

Loanyi- also a good saying. I may use that one as well!

Thank you all for the reads, comments and shares!


loanyi 5 years ago

We have a saying in spanish which i try to translate in English and goes like this... "I rather loose one sencond of my Life, than loosing my Life in one second".


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

Further proof in how our lives could change in a second or two. When I see a car crash I think of the people in the vehicles and how they awoke that morning excited to begin a new day and how they never would have imagined this moment would be a part of it. Reality can be a bitch sometimes. Excellent poem!


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icciev 5 years ago from Kuwait

I forget that this saying is only popular in our country, but anyway it works everywhere right.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

icc, I've never heard that saying, but it's a good one!


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icciev 5 years ago from Kuwait

You are totally right justin, two seconds is all what it needs to make an accident and end someone life, you know the saying its better to reach safely rather than trying to reach early. thanks for sharing and voted up.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Kam and Tilt,e thanks so much for the reada and the comments. This poem started out lighthearted, but seems to have changed over time


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tillsontitan 5 years ago from New York

Comes to the point very quickly and leaves nothing to the imagination! Great poem and truly said, just one second is all it takes.


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Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

Wonderful poem. Really how things can happen in one's life within minutes! Very well written. Voted Up.

Best Wishes, Kamalesh


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Chan. I just find it amazing how much can change in just a matter of seconds


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chanroth 5 years ago from California, USA

powerful poem. It remind me a lot about an accident happen years ago back in high school. People should practice safety! Thank you for sharing!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Urban!


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos

Well written poem expressing a bitter emotion. Words so short and brisk but remarkable. You really can write. You re awesome!


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos

Amazingly written in simple and short words. Thanks for this special poem. Well written and awesome


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Jami. Reminds me a bit of Ryan Dunn's car accident, though that was a single car one.


jami l. pereira 5 years ago

Ugh ! dang! emotional train wreck , this was overwhelming and fierce ... i hope a few drunks read it ! lol very good job! thansk for sharing!:)oh .. i voted up awesome and interesting :)


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks for stopping by, Hear Me!


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Hear Me 5 years ago from Somewhere in Florida

Wow! This is very sobering piece. It really make you think about the brevity of life.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Lotus, this was not inspired by a real event but merely a thought I had about the brevity of life and how a second or two can change your life eternally. Thank you for reading!


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lotusb34 5 years ago from Maine

That was amazing. I am so sorry. Thank you for the reality slap about how much of a difference in a person's life that 2 seconds can make.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

thanks for stopping by. I found myself amazed and how much can happen in such a short period of time


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

Powerful poem reminding us that two seconds can be the difference between life and death.

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