Geetima Baruah Sarma
A Ballad on Self-realization
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.
In a corporation,
Standing at the threshold
Of promising careers,
Days rolled on
And the day arrived
Ego lagged behind.
Thoughts converted into self-realization,
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']
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