Photo by: torbakhopper


I see what you’re trying to do

I promise

Many believe that words gave us life

So you type and you swipe

Your numbers and letters

To give life to a maximum of 160 characters


In your driver’s seat

You become the narrator

But what is it worth

If you can’t save the five most important characters


And don’t forget



I don’t understand

How could this be going on

Our lives are finally worth more than a drink

But worth less than an emoticon


Just a few letters

That could be all it takes

Keep your eyes on the road

So you can put your foot on the brakes


We have to make a change

We’ve got to make it right

It’s all fun and games

Until LOL stands for Loss of Life


You only have one chance

You don’t get to do this twice

So as you drive

Strive for life


You still have 160 characters

All I’m asking is that you save five

But if you can’t

And decided that you are worth less than three

Don’t do it for you

Do it for M-E


By Homer, 12th grade


Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by Sophia Singleton, an 8th grader at Johnston Middle School For the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. The background music is “Sun-Filled” by Ketsa, from the Free Music Archive. freemusicarchive.org Produced by Susan Phillips.


Poem a Day is made possible in part by H-E-B Tournament of Champions, Copy.com, The City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, Texas Commission on the Arts, and KPFT 90.1.

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