The enemy inside



When you touch the sky,
Look at the ground below
That made you stand
On your feet and dream high.
Be aware of the earth that groomed you.
Never lose touch with it
That made you what you are.
One day you are to come down
From where you started.
Better to have a soft landing
Instead of a hard one.

Heaven or hell,
Go wherever you want to.
But never carry your ego with you.
Climb the ladder of success,
But leave your ego at the wrung lowest
Coz you will be always under its spell.
It will create a barrier between you and others.
You will remain under the shadow of the ego
And compel others to come under its sway.
A chain reaction will follow.
The net result is a clash of egos,
Each trying to get the better of the other.

Look at it!
Your biggest enemy is deep inside,
The biggest hurdle on the path of a better life
Get the better of it,
Channelise it for a purpose,
Good and noble,
Before the whole world turns your enemy.
Before it kills the man in you,
Take care of it.
Realise! ego and self-esteem
are not the same things.
While self-esteem introduces
You to yourself,
Ego makes you a completely
Different man, a rogue in fact

Let love, empathy and trust
Guide you to action
Never let your ego speak
When ego leads from the front
One sees nothing but his ego
In different guises in different persons
It becomes a war of each against all
And in all with whom one interacts,
Encounters nothing
Butt his ego In various forms.

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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