Drowning

Go to school.
Study hard.
Get good grades.
Get a job.
Slave away.
Pay those bills.
Move out.
Buy a house.
Find a mate.
Tie the knot.
Have some kids.
Raise them right.
I’m drowning.
Caught under the world’s expectations.
I think I’ve passed the hurdle
to find another lined up.
I can’t take it!
So I fight the tide.
Break the surface.
Drop the weights
the world has placed.
Until finally,
I can breathe.

Prompt: I’m Drowning

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