Death a Mental State



When it seems all over
Life sprouts
From the ashes of the past once more
Only you need a bit of silence to feel it
A bit of science, a bit of art to realise it
A pair of eyes to see it, acknowledge
Its never-ending beauty and grandeur
A pair of ears to listen to the symphony of life
And lose yourself in its music forever

Look around
Where is death?
It is only life everywhere
Life and its changing colours
Each more bright and beautiful than the other
Atoms and molecules bubbling with vitality
Energy in various forms
Subtle vibrations
Electrons orbiting around the nucleus
Even what you call death
Is life in another form
Death is more a state of mind
Than a physical phenomenon
One who has not seen life in death
Has never lived his life.

It depends on how you define life
It is an urge to expand, manifest, unfold,
Contract and expand
To keep pace with change and maintain
Its existence under all circumstance
It is an urge to live and transform
That differentiates living from the dead
When you lose that urge
You are dead when still alive
Other than this there is no other death
Where one is completely annihilated
Without becoming anything else.

Keep that urge alive
That will never let you die
You will see the beauty of life in death
It is just a transition to take you from
One state of consciousness to another
From one station to the other
On the eternal journey of life
With a vibrant body and new lease 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,

4 thoughts on “Death a Mental State

  1. VijayNair

    ”Death is more a state of mind” encapsulates the central thematic concerns of this delightful philosophical poem.

  2. amitapaul

    This poem is a philosophic reflection on the cyclical nature of time and the journey of the soul through many lives .


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