Treasure Island

Shahzia Batool

(Pakistan)

The Enemy!


Ego does have neither mind
nor does have a heart,
but in ruling human life,
it really plays its part
It dies when it needs to live
It lives when it needs to die
Or at least just fall unconscious…

Ego has the rebel rules
A higher sense of dignity
Got from its own angle
Its own realization…
When it dies, it turns
an honored heart
Into a humble beggar
begging humbly
for attention and affection…

Ego is like a silent killer
As pulse, sugar, cholesterol
Fatal in both severe shades
Getting high or getting nil…
Ego is a sensitive, though
Not a sensible agency
Running, ruling, ruining
But never relieving human life…

It is like a central jail
guilty or the harmless souls
Fall prisoners in its confines…
To keep an eye on your “self”
Is the only remedy
Self-respect is another thing
Ego is just the enemy! ! !

Submitted: Sunday, September 08, 2013
Edited: Monday, September 09, 2013

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  • Hazel Durham (9/15/2013 10:51:00 AM)

    Ego is selfish and driven by a need for constant praise, a wonderful poem so beautifully written! (Report) Reply

  • Neela Nath (9/13/2013 10:51:00 AM)

    Ego kills us gradually.A wonderful poem on an enemy which we rear up in our mind unknowingly. (Report) Reply

  • Tirupathi Chandrupatla (9/10/2013 3:41:00 PM)

    Ego has no mind no heart, has rebel rules, is a silent killer, and in short is the enemy. Beautifully expressed in the poem. Keep away from ego. Thank you. (Report) Reply

  • Lyn Paul (9/10/2013 1:11:00 AM)

    What a clever write. So well written with just so many great statements. I thank you Shahzia (Report) Reply

  • Aftab Alam Khursheed (9/9/2013 9:25:00 PM)

    Sis while I was reading Allama Iqbal came and said lo! your Shahzia how rightly said ego which I worked Khudi ko kar...ego is good and bad we must discad the bad and adhere the good one best work need to be written on this topic and also we should not forget character we are at the ruin door of humanity and Ellias has said that Valsa also added tenterhooks of ego! Ramesh Rai rightly said ego. a good subject with Ego and Geetha Jayakumar, just a three letter word, enough to kill one with thoughts.supportive explanation But ego is the instinct of human kind it is both evil and holy (Report) Reply

  • Ellias Anderson (9/9/2013 12:33:00 PM)

    Ego, pride, all will ruin real friendships, they will make friends separate
    they do the worst...
    well written. (Report) Reply

  • Danny Draper (9/9/2013 6:37:00 AM)

    Deftly proffered in this clever conversation but wisely too humble to brag while delivering this subtle truth. (Report) Reply

  • Onku .ghosh. (9/9/2013 6:18:00 AM)

    A great write on 'Ego It neither has a heart nor a mind but plays a (great) part in ruling our lives.So true! (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (9/8/2013 10:57:00 PM)

    Now people are severly caught on the tenterhooks of ego!

    It dies when it needs to live
    It lives when it needs to die...... so true! Fortunate is the man with lesser ego. It is 'like a silent killer'. To deal with a man of inflated ego is a pain, indeed! A powerful write Shahzia! !
    Thanks for the comment and also for the poem by Sylvia Plath! (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh Rai (9/8/2013 9:54:00 PM)

    but in general self respect is termed as ego. a good subject with supportive explanation. ego n self respect goes parallel where ego is defined as negative n self respect as negative. this is like crucial sum of mathematics n i adore your courage for making an attempt. thnx n regards always. (Report) Reply

  • Geetha Jayakumar (9/8/2013 2:42:00 PM)

    Beautiful poem on way, Shahzia. Ego just a three letter word, enough to kill one with thoughts..If it keeps on rising then after a certain height it will fall directly to ground and badly wounded or die also..It will turn all the relationship into sour ones. It will be too late to realize...Loved the way you presented this particular topic Ego..++++10 (Report) Reply

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