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A promised freedom,

the proverbial carrot dangling in front of tired eyes.

An encouragement to ‘just keep going’ for a short time more,

and then freedom, we swear.

The cartoon line that became a life motto,

scrawled across my notebooks, telling me to

‘just keep swimming’, don’t give up.

Days come when it’s easy to carry on,

easy to dive into the books and exam prep,

but there are more days when it’s hard to manage.

Sunlight streams outside my window,

my seemingly dark studying room a horrible contrast,

and I tell myself to keep going, it’ll be over soon.

And then you can enjoy that promised carefree summer.