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(April 26,1969 / Assam, India)

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A Ballad on Self-realization

A tale,
Of two pals,
Ego possessed the former,
Self-respect imbibed the latter.

The former faced problems, complained;
The latter solved problems, smiled.
One, choosy and demanding;
Other, suitable and acceptable.

Fortunately,
Acquiring jobs
In a corporation,
Standing at the threshold
Of promising careers,
Days rolled on
And the day arrived
For promotion.

Self-respect surpassed,
Ego lagged behind.
Thoughts converted into self-realization,
Truth revealed.

Ego satisfied merely the senses -
'I want this' and 'I want that'
Self-respect implied acceptance -
'I respect this and I accept that.'

To further proceed,
To reach the summit,
'I' and 'my' be discarded,
'We' and 'ours' be adopted.

[Published: 28 February 2010 in 'melange' of 'The Sentinel']

Submitted: Monday, March 21, 2011
Edited: Monday, December 26, 2011


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  • Susy Evelyne (10/28/2013 3:04:00 PM)

    A reflective poem of simplicity yet with a strong message. If only more of the world belonged to the 'we/our' category. So much me, me, me!

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  • Jesus James Llorico (9/30/2013 1:01:00 PM)

    It is so beautiful, written in narrative and set like a song, simple
    yet powerful.

  • Adi Cox (3/24/2011 4:31:00 AM)

    An interesting poem. You have some good ideas and you appear to be ambitous. keep up the good work 10/10.

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