Nerved

My long jump was NEVER leap of faith. Neither was it a jump through darkness

My long jump was a dare to dream. It was a courageous jump. For only the courageous push beyond their limits

My long jump was exactly just that. And I made progress

While my body float in space, my strength and survival surrendering to forces I had no control, I was determined to land. I landed!

A happy landing, it was. Progress achieved, only to learn my jump would be another one in vain

The world beneath me crumbled. Earth split apart. It was such an absurd long jump. My courageous jump turned me the laughing stock of my class

Voices inside my head: quit and go hide!

Voices inside my head: Nerved. Keep going! Develop a new plan. Go out and train. GO! Go and prepare for long jumps ahead

Voices inside my head, please, take me back to sleep

Published by Gabriel Ndayishimiye

Gabriel Ndayishimiye lives in London, Ontario. He is a writer with a passion to contribute to Black history and literature; and the author of “Run Elvin” (forthcoming), a memoir written for youth from marginalized backgrounds. This book tells Gabriel’s academic/life experiences from refugee camps in East and Southern Africa and now from the metropolis of the western world. The story aims to inspire and motivate such demographic of youth to take up given opportunities to be creative, achieve success, and develop resilience to fight the challenges of life.

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