The abyss

SOMETHING I LOOK AT-49
BY-SMRUTI RANJAN MOHANTY

Where is that space in our heart
for those who made their day and night
together to let us stand and
made us what we are.

Do we pay anything for
the air we breathe, the water
we drink and the sunshine
that keeps us alive?
or we are just apathetic
to our own survival?

Where is the heart that beats?
Are we so selfish
having no space in our heart
for those significant others
and the environment that sustains and
nourishes us all along?

Are we bundles of self-interests,
is our value system, the sum total
of naked self-interests, largely defined
in terms of material gain
or something else?

Our selfish will have put
us in a dark corner and
for our own doings
we are in the depth of the abyss.

No way out,
we are to realise the truth that by
having a genuine concern and love for others
we are but helping our own existence.

In our heart
we are to create that space
for others and learn to live together
and love each other to come out of
the depth of the abyss
where we are,
or else with all our economic development
and sophisticated idiocy
we are but leading our civilization
to its death,
poignant and premature.

copyright@smrutiranjan

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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 atunispoetry.com, our poetry archive, GloMag etc., Poem hunter.com, Destiny poets, Different truths, YouTube.com.etc Website-smrutiweb.wordpress.com

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