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Dear Rachel,
I know the heat of adolescence drive crazy
And you might be in a hurry to catch the train of life.
Sophistication seems promising
Everyone is in a marathon to outperform each other.

Peer pressure,
A pair of pressure from friends
Who seem to be out footing us in the race.
But it is better to be late than being late,
They say more haste less speed,
We always seem to run even when within schedule.

Dear Rachel,
Little by little grow the bananas,
Remember how the bird builds its nest.
There are no shortcuts to the roof of a palm tree,
Haste and hurry can only bear children with many regrets along the way.

Dear Rachel,
Remember that sugarcane is sweetest at its joints,
But it breaks the milk teeth,
They say wherever a man goes to dwell,
his character goes with him.
Don’t set sail using someone else’s star,
Life is like a shadow and a mist; it passes quickly by and is no more.

Dear Rachel,
Do not look where you fell,
Look where you slipped,
Remember that if a child washes his hands
he could eat with kings.

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I love these words of advice to Rachel, especially that line in the last stanza, "Do not look where you fell,/Look where you slipped." Great work!

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