'Self-Appraisal': a poem by Raghav Kaushik
My mind may be gripped by the dark shadow of Fear,
And I may be reminded that Doom has no peer.
But I will be brave; I have Courage.
The deadened clock may immobilise me,
And anger me may the electrifying inactivity.
But I will wait; I have Patience.
I may be led astray by ignorant fools,
And led to follow the masses like fish in their schools.
But I will think; I have Wisdom.
Chaos' vociferous ultrasound may deafen me piercingly,
And Pandemonium may reign on me.
But I will preserve tranquility; I have Peace.
The wicked ways of Guile may test my self-control,
And the disease may plague my soul.
But I will prove my restraint; I have Temperance.
The only eye of Irrationality may my brain cloud,
And fallacious Logic's voice may be very loud.
But I will cogitate; I have Reason.
Lies may spread around the world like cancer,
And they may try to stop me from finding Life's answer.
But I will be candid; I have Truth.
Monotony's blunt knife may punish me excruciatingly,
And Ennui may inject its syringe into me slowly.
But I will be different; I have Life.
Only my empty corpse may be taken by Lucifer's daughter,
And not my soul- she may only be a scavenger.
I will boast; I have God.
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