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The last dare by YakekponoAbasi Adams

I remember that climb.

My heart pounded hard,

I thought everyone heard.

Halfway up, I froze.

I was too scared to continue.

But, I knew I couldn’t go back.

I’d never hear the end of it.

So I kept climbing up and up.

Would I make it home safely?

I shivered, thinking of how

Unbelievably stupid I was

For accepting Glory’s dare.

The day before, I arrived Uyo

To spend the holidays at home.

Oh, I was beyond super excited

To see my family and friends.

Glory and I went sightseeing.

She challenged me to jump

From the high dive.

The next thing I knew,I was

Standing in line with Glory

Beside me, explaining how to

Commit a “suicide”. I just

Looked at her,thinking, I don’t

Have to try to do a “suicide”.

All I have to do is walk off

The board, and I’ll die.

Talk about your dumb dares.

This one was certainly at the

Top of the list. Thankfully, it

Was a dream when I woke up.

I was so glad, but I was a little

Mad at myself for having gone

Through something so terrifying

Just so that I wouldn’t seem like

A chicken. That was when i made

Up my mind that I’ll never be…

Pushed into doing anything I’m

Scared of, never! Everything I do

Will be for me, because I want to,

And not to prove anything to

Anyone. And neither should you.


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