What do I need?



I often ask me
What do I need from life?
Pelf, power, appreciation
Love, relationship and recognition
Or something else I do not know?
I have had all these to an extent
In fact, I have seen both extremes
Poverty and affluence
Success and failure
Love and betrayal
Happiness and sorrow
Recognition and oblivion
Am I happy with all these?
I am not convinced
What I feel is
I have enjoyed and endured all these
Only for a period of time
Time and again I got involved
Time and again I lost interest
Is that what life is?
Losing interest in the game
Again and again.
Then what I require from life?
Is it to find the real me
My real interest
Which I have forgotten long since
The simple and innocent me
With a throbbing heart and unalloyed mind
Who lived with love and passion
With petty wishes and trifling demands
Paper boats, fairies and ghosts
Evening bells and morning chants
Offering nothing but love and
Simplicity at the feet of God

Or to seek the source
To identify with it
Where happiness never ends
Where beauty never fades
Love and relationship at its fulfilling best
From the lips smile never vanishes
Where there is perennial spring
The primordial sound the divine ong
Celestial music moving across the spine
Divinity unfolding in body and mind.

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

2 thoughts on “What do I need?

  1. amitapaul

    All we ever have is the present moment
    – Thich Nhat Hanh

    To be fully present in the present moment is the best that one can ask for . Life is real .


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