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When the World Paused

August 10, 2010
By Adams1030 BRONZE, Tenafly, New Jersey
Adams1030 BRONZE, Tenafly, New Jersey
2 articles 0 photos 1 comment

A four-way intersection
on my way to work.

The traffic lights
Every one of them
is red.

The cars come to a stop.
And the man with the
straight back
wearing sunglasses
And his hunched dog
And the woman in the
airy, flowery skirt
And the man in the
gray suit
ironed not by his wife
but by the dry cleaners
come to a stop.

without thought.

I could run
across the street
But then the light
might turn green
and a car might
run me over.

There is no sound,
no movement.

In the middle of
Crystal City,
a city,
everyone waits,
utterly bound to
faulty traffic lights.

No sound.
No movement.

A light turns green
the cars start
And after the cars drive by
we cross the street

Though the crosswalk
traffic light
is still red.

Today, I thought:

What if the world ends one day

not with a blast
and panic
and chaos

but with no one realizing it,
no one fighting it?

Everyone just slowly,
and inevitably

coming to a stop.

The author's comments:
It was a surreal moment.

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on Apr. 5 2018 at 6:53 am
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Favorite Quote:
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mind blown ~pow~

on Nov. 15 2016 at 9:15 pm
CJwriter BRONZE, Anonymous , New York
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I meant to say I love it! You are so talented

on Nov. 15 2016 at 9:14 pm
CJwriter BRONZE, Anonymous , New York
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To fully understand, you must read it a second time! I love You are so talented!

on May. 23 2016 at 6:16 pm
ItsTimeToBegin PLATINUM, Lexington, Massachusetts
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This sent shivers down my back when I read it a second time :)

on Mar. 11 2012 at 7:20 am
TheKayster BRONZE, Falmouth, Maine
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on Mar. 2 2012 at 12:51 pm
pandachic698 BRONZE, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Thats really creative, i really like the ending

on Oct. 22 2011 at 1:07 pm
xximjustmexx PLATINUM, Oak Forest, Illinois
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There's no god. There's no religion. There's only life, what you do with YOUR life, who YOU let affect YOUR life. Bad things happen to everyone, you just have to learn to deal with them.

I always think about things like that. It's nice to know that I''m not the only person that thinks the way I do. You are a very talented writer. Great job:)

on Oct. 5 2011 at 11:06 am
Countrylife4 GOLD, Maine
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Favorite Quote:
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"Seven days without a horse makes one weak."
"The worst part of riding is when you dismount."

Insult my clothes, I say, “Okay, thanks for the compliment.”
Insult the way I look, I say, “Thanks for notifying me.”
Mock me and say riding isn’t a sport, and I’ll say,”You say that ’cause you can’t ride.” But before you make fun of my horse, make sure you have “911″ on your speed dial.

Beautifully written :)

on Aug. 17 2011 at 9:19 pm
Mimi15 PLATINUM, Belfast, Maine
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Cute <3

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on Jul. 26 2011 at 4:26 pm
purpleink GOLD, Pendleton, Oregon
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Favorite Quote:
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There is more to life besides increasing its speed.

The end makes you think, doesn't it? I love it! Great poem :~)

on Apr. 29 2011 at 10:19 pm
CoughingColours BRONZE, Athens, Alabama
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Favorite Quote:
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I rlylike the metaphor of it. Truly amazing dear:)


on Feb. 26 2011 at 5:16 pm
CreativeModelSould ELITE, Punta Gorda, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
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This was amazing! I agree!! I can't believe how many hits your last poem got, but this one? This brilliant thinking? Got one comment... Keep it up! It inspires those of us that look for the hidden talent!

SelahSky said...
on Sep. 21 2010 at 4:44 pm
This is lovely!  It is melancholy in a way that makes me smile and sigh. Keep up the good work!