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by ChiTeen Lit Fest

By Sylwia Szopa

A leap for the unknown
A leap that could end all
One
I’m hanging
Barely keeping hold
The boys are laughing
Two
I’m sweating
Already my muscles start to strain
The girls are telling me to get down
Three
Almost there
Almost halfway
My arms are burning
Throbbing
Four
My parents are telling me to get down
I’ll get hurt
Five
Halfway there
A few more to go
Six
The boys are telling me that I’m not strong enough
Not strong enough
I can’t do it
Seven
One arm slips
I can’t make it
My arms are burning
If I stop I’ll be fine
One girl is cheering
Telling me to go on
Eight
The teachers are telling me to stop
I’m too high off the ground
I want to
I need to
I can’t
Nine
The boys are grabbing my feet trying to pull me down
They won’t let me win
The girls are edging them on
Can’t they see they’re hurting me
Can’t they see I have no choice
Ten
It’s done
I’m done
I fall
I am spent
I did it
Now it’s their turn to prove them wrong

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