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   "Push yourself, push yourself!"

I heard my fierce coach yell.

His voice pierced me like knives slicing my back -

I heard him roar,

"Try, I know you can!"



Young and frail like a newborn bird,

Filled with energy and passion for the sport,

I waited for my moment to spread my wings and fly.



Loving it but hating him -

His words scared me,

And my passion for the sport, too.



Walking up to him,

Bravely holding up my head,

With all the courage I had in me

I opened my mouth like a lion and said,

"No more pushing, not for me, not anymore."



Walking out of the gym that day,

Quickly running into my mom's car

I heard the night's wind say,

"You could have made it, you could have done it,

all you needed to do was try and you were on your way."




This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.






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