Born and brought up in a remote corner
grew and developed far far away from
world’s fascinating corridor
in the lap and scenic beauty of nature

Schooling was all fun
for money parents were not given to run
teachers were so good
they hardly saw any difference
between the students, they taught
and the kids they reared

Life was sheer beauty
in mother’s lap and under father’s shadow
college life, to begin with, was a bit hard
but transition from rural to urban was not so bad

All was well till tragedies, poignant
came one after one
i lost ones so near
the kids of whom I had to rear
like that of my own
with love, care and vigour

Grew old when I was young
do not know youth and its exuberance
its beauty and grandeur
never lament it even for a minute
for what i accomplished is more
gratifying than what i lost
the beauty of life lies in duty
which I did with heart and magnanimity

Circumstances made me deeply religious
happy as i was in my spiritual pursuit
till a descent job with good salary
pulled me out and promised me all the colours of life which was my due

Back to the world
a marriage to take care
and a family to look after
but life is no better

It seems
i am not what i am
lost somewhere
still groping in darkness
and working out my own salvation

copyright@smruti ranjan 5.1.2017

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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,

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