Living with a mask



No problem with a mask
I have been wearing it
Since the day I realised
I am lonely amidst many
And a battle is on
A battle to excel and survive
Which I have to fight on my own
The battle is for my survival
As the game is the game
Of the survival of the fittest
Rules of the game never remain constant
That is why hiding and escaping are so important

I am having a mask
Since the day I realised
Truth alone can not save me
Righteousness is relative
The truth may be bitter
Men of letters, knowledge and wisdom
May not come out of their seclusion defending truth
Instead, they may prefer dignified silence
As the situation and environment
Keep on changing
I do not know who is a friend
Who is my enemy
I need something else to survive
And hiding becomes a necessity
To understand a situation and people better
To remain in the race
To live with them
Who never put a straight face.

I am having a mask
Since the I day realised
I can not make everything public
Sometimes I am to hide myself
My intention, attitudes, feelings and emotions
From others to better equip me
To live in a world where priorities keep on changing And naked self-interest rules the game

Now I am having a mask
To protect me from the invading virus
The reason is the same
Keeping myself safe
From outside viruses
Visible and invisible
And remaining in the game
With more vigour and zest.

When I look at the mirror
I envy myself
How beautiful I look
Behind a mask and think
How difficult life would have been
Without a mask on the face.

Smruti Ranjan Mohanty©

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About Smruti

Smruti Ranjan Mohanty, O.F.S, son of Raj Kishore and Shantilata Mohanty, born at Padmapur, Jagatsinghpur, Odisha on 1.1.1963 is a multilingual poet, essayist and writer. He is a published poet and writer and a featured poet of PENTASI B World Friendship Poetry. His writings include essays, short stories, poems and novels which are published in newspapers and in various national and international magazines, journals and anthologies. Working as Finance Officer in Govt of Odisha, he writes extensively on life, its beauty and intricacies which are widely acclaimed. Poems are published in Mother Anthology by Hall of Poets, Voices of Aspirants by Poetry Planet, Mother by Poetry for Peace, Let the men speak for peace, Aroma of wilting petals, Anupam Bharat, Sourav, The Rock Pebbles, Symphony of Souls, Serious &Hilarious, Heartistry, World poetry on let there be peace, Complexion based discrimination global insight, Thought and Nature Anthology, New Creative Anteriority, Spring Window to peace, Indo African Anthology, Love at first sight, Spilling Essences, You and Me, A new beginning, Heart to Heart, Only you, My Valentine, Whispering Hearts, Poetic Rainbow, Fragrance of Asia, The Harmony, Sahitya Anand, East meets the West, Symphony of Peace, Pearls of Poesy, Ambrosia, International Anthology on Autism, Stars, Sky and Poiesis, Rain Drops of Love, Smrutire Parijat, Peace Lover, GloMag, Feb 2019, Tranquil Muse, Medley of Melodies, Nostalgia, Rise to Higher Essence, Cherry Toppings, Inked Thoughts, Whispering Poiesis, Rippling of Peace, Creative Anteriority, World for Piece, Traumas on Widows, Holistic Healing of Widow, The Global Literati Insights Research Journal, 1st issue 2018 etc. Poems are also featured in online magazines like, our poetry archive, GloMag etc., Poem, Destiny poets, Different truths,

7 thoughts on “Living with a mask

  1. Dr Swati A Gadgil

    My colleagues have been joking about mask, saying they no longer are worried about their wrinkles and sagging skin 🙂

  2. amitapaul

    The poet successfully connects the modern need for wearing a mask due to the Covid threat , with the need most people feel to hide behind a mask even in normal times

  3. pramilakhadun

    Lovely poem written with great zeal by a daring original poet, international in scope and internal in focus.


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