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A New Life

I took a leap
Fell flat on the face
Picked up and put on the death bed
Breathing gets heavy
No one to resuscitate
I lie there, waiting for the imminent
Praying for the death
And boom
I'm still unconscious
Breathing is still heavy
And a slap on the back
I cry
Pangs of birth

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