Venomous snake



Amidst smile and tears
Ifs and buts
Swings life
A tug of war
Between mind and conscience

Sometimes shade
Sometimes light
Sometimes hope
Sometimes despair
But life is not either
Moves on its own
Leaving aside
Your moments of happiness and sorrow

Life is beautiful
But how transient is its beauty
How fleeting the scenario
You just don’t know how will be your tomorrow
Without knowing what is in store
You weave dreams and plan for years
Knowing well
The moment next may not be yours
Without brooding over yesterday and
Thinking about tomorrow
Live in the present
Which is all yours
Life is nothing but the moment at hand
Live it with all your heart

Life is an encounter
With a venomous snake
Charming and captivating
It keeps you spellbound
Keeps you at a fix
Never let you know
How it will react next?

Life is no mathematics
It knows no law
It never differentiates
Between young and old, rich and poor
Defies all calculation
But life is life
Despite its uncertainty
Is worth living
To be loved and lived
With dreams and passion
Irrespective of the outcome.

Life is poignantly beautiful
Parting from the ones you loved
Things you called your own
Things you relished over the years
How sad and pathetic
The final departure
That unknown lane
Very few enjoy dying
Know not whether it is the best
Or worst part of life

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,

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