Peer pressure

A friend gave me a cigarette I wanted to give up But it was too late The addiction though

Gave me great pleasure.

Smoking had become a fashion Felt like it reduced my tension Living my life in the rough

I was limited in a cigarette puff.

At every step of success I kept cigarette in that place Paleness started wane my face

I knew I was losing the race.

I was taken by this addiction Slowly it made me panic-stricken I suffer from cancer and

that isn’t a lie I am sinking in the ocean of misery

Because I am about to die.

— Susan Balami, class VIII,

Shova Bhagwati English School