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Self-realization - A poem

Updated on November 20, 2011
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An old man, at the age of 70, waiting for his death, looks back at his life and realizes some facts of life. I have tried to compile his thoughts in the form of a poem. Hope his self-realization has made you to realize some facts of life.

When you were with me,

I felt the whole world was with me!

When I was behind you,

I forgot my whole world!

When I was with you,

My whole world looked greener!

When I was 20, I was behind you all the time.

But, my LOVE, you left me!

LOVE, you made me realize that

“I don’t have it, when I need it!”


When I had you,

I felt that I could have the whole world!

When I was behind you,

I forgot my whole world!

When I had plenty of you,

My whole world looked greener!

When I was 30, I was behind you all the time,

But, my MONEY, you are always not enough.

MONEY, you always make me realize that,

“I don’t have it, when I need it!”


When you were with me,

I didn’t feel that you were my whole world!

When you were behind me,

I forgot to take time out of the whole world!

When you wanted to spend time with me,

I had no time for you!

When I was 40, I wanted to spend time with you.

But, my CHILDREN, you told that you wanted to enjoy your teen life alone!

CHILDREN, you taught me a good lesson and made me realize that

“I don’t have it, when I need it!”


When you were with me,

I felt that I could conquer the whole world!

When you was behind me,

I didn’t take care of me!

When I missed you even for two days,

I felt that my world was not at all green!

When I was 50, I wanted to have you.

But my HEALTH, you are leaving me, as I didn’t take care of you!

HEALTH you left me to make me realize that,

“I don’t have it, when I need it!”


When you were all with me,

I felt that I still have the other world to conquer!

When you all were following me,

I forgot to follow you all!

When you were all willing to celebrate me,

I was engaged in other celebrations!

When I’m 60 now, I want you all in my life.

But, my FAMILY & FRIENDS, you don’t want me anymore!

FAMILY & FRIENDS, you left me all alone to make me realize that,

“I don’t have it, when I need it!”



When you was with me,

I was searching for you in another world!

When you were following me,

I never took time to sense your presence!

When you were always lending your hand to me,

I didn’t even make an attempt to hold it!

When I’m 70 now, I want to come to you.

But, Oh! My GOD, you don’t want to call me now!

Oh! My GOD, you have still given me life to realize that,

“I don’t have it, when I need it!”


Through my life, I don’t want you to realize that,

“You don’t have it, when you need it!”

I want to tell you that,

“Enjoy it, when you have it!”

When you are behind something always,

I tell you, you will always remain behind.

I want to have a rebirth, to enjoy every walk of my life.

But, Oh! My GOD, don’t tell me that this is my last birth!

Oh! My GOD, you have to give me one more life to tell the world that,

“I have it, when I enjoy it!”


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    • Harishprasad profile image

      Harish Mamgain 

      4 years ago from New Delhi , India

      So profound thoughts !. sankari.nayagam. Thank you.

    • shruti sheshadri profile image

      shruti sheshadri 

      5 years ago from Bangalore, India

      This is stunning work! A great message, on that all of us should realize at a young age and move forward... Beautiful, inspiring poetry.. Glad to meet you :)

    • Neetuar profile image

      Neetuar 

      6 years ago from India

      Facts of life. We run behind the future and forget to care the present. We forget that only if the present is taken care only then there is really a meaningful future. Very well written!

    • Vidya Mallar profile image

      Vidya Mallar 

      6 years ago from India

      welcome..write more

    • sankari.nayagam profile imageAUTHOR

      sankari.nayagam 

      6 years ago

      Thanks Vidya!

    • sankari.nayagam profile imageAUTHOR

      sankari.nayagam 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for your votes and comments!

    • Vidya Mallar profile image

      Vidya Mallar 

      6 years ago from India

      Nice presentation.

    • nityanandagaurang profile image

      nityanandagaurang 

      6 years ago

      very touching poem sankari,every line has hidden a deep meaning in it.Voting it up.

    • sankari.nayagam profile imageAUTHOR

      sankari.nayagam 

      6 years ago

      Thanks Fortaleza for your positive comment!

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      Fortaleza 

      6 years ago from Fortaleza, Brasil

      It is such a profound poem. Deep and full of wisdom. Voting Up and beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

    • sankari.nayagam profile imageAUTHOR

      sankari.nayagam 

      6 years ago

      Thanks frogyfish for your great comment!

    • frogyfish profile image

      frogyfish 

      6 years ago from Central United States of America

      What a humanly realistic statement you made in your poem.

      Youth needs to read and listen and act on the truth...but alas they probably will do just as the rest of us do too often...until we realize...a simple AND complicated poetry, well realized! Thank you for sharing.

    • sankari.nayagam profile imageAUTHOR

      sankari.nayagam 

      6 years ago

      Thanks a lot Vidya Mallar and punamdharkar!

    • punamdharkar profile image

      punamdharkar 

      6 years ago from India

      Reflects great attitude.

    • Vidya Mallar profile image

      Vidya Mallar 

      6 years ago from India

      Nice expression, Very close to life in old age...........Hope the world improves for old people

    • sankari.nayagam profile imageAUTHOR

      sankari.nayagam 

      6 years ago

      Thanks Ramsa1 for passing by my hub and commenting on it!

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      Ramsa1 

      6 years ago from A citizen of the World

      A wonderful, beautiful, deep poem, full of truths. Thank you, Sankari.

    • sankari.nayagam profile imageAUTHOR

      sankari.nayagam 

      6 years ago

      Thanks greatstuff for a sweet comment!

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      Mazlan 

      6 years ago from Malaysia

      Beautifully written and very touching..we all wish we could have done better in our life..the thing is, we should move on and then only we can enjoy. Congrats on your winning, enjoy it now!!

    • sankari.nayagam profile imageAUTHOR

      sankari.nayagam 

      6 years ago

      Thanks Senoritaa for catching me!

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      Rinita Sen 

      6 years ago

      This is wonderful. Really touching, and loved your style of writing. Hope to catch some more of your hubs soon.

    • sankari.nayagam profile imageAUTHOR

      sankari.nayagam 

      6 years ago

      Thanks Tabiee for passing by my hub!

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      Tabiee 

      6 years ago from Pakistan

      Nice poem:)

    • sankari.nayagam profile imageAUTHOR

      sankari.nayagam 

      6 years ago

      Thanks Purple Perl and Raakachi for your sweet comments!

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      raakachi 

      6 years ago from Madurai / Tamilnadu / India

      Very nice! It's the feeling (realization)that every body is searching for! Voted as beautiful.

    • Purple Perl profile image

      Purple Perl 

      6 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Yes, enjoy your win, Sankari!Your poem is very true,reminds us of how fragile life is. And the need to take care. Thanks for sharing!

    • sankari.nayagam profile imageAUTHOR

      sankari.nayagam 

      6 years ago

      Thank you Peggy!! Happy and just want to enjoy my lucky draw win at the moment!!

    • sankari.nayagam profile imageAUTHOR

      sankari.nayagam 

      6 years ago

      Thanks a lot glendoncaba! Probably at a later stage your peers might think that we have wasted our life without spending time for love, children, family and God! Whatever it be, with family, love or without family and love, let us enjoy the life without any regrets and live in present!! Thanks again for your comments!

    • sankari.nayagam profile imageAUTHOR

      sankari.nayagam 

      6 years ago

      Thanks mikielikie! You don't want to get old - but you don't have it when you need it!!

    • sankari.nayagam profile imageAUTHOR

      sankari.nayagam 

      6 years ago

      Thanks Burns Darling for such a wonderful comment! You are very true - we keep worrying about or past and forget to enjoy our present life!

    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Good values taught about living in the moment and enjoying each aspect of life instead of chasing dreams that may or may not materialize or looking back worrying about things of which nothing can be done. Congratulations on the daily draw contest win!

    • glendoncaba profile image

      glendoncaba 

      6 years ago from Somewhere in the hubverse

      Great message here. Yet peers think you are wasting time if you take time for love, children, family, God.

    • mikielikie profile image

      mikielikie 

      6 years ago from Texas

      What a great poem. Makes my feel like not getting old enough to reflect on how it all went wrong.

    • K. Burns Darling profile image

      Kristen Burns-Darling 

      6 years ago from Orange County, California

      Such a realistic picture of the human condition... So often it seems that we cannot grasp the concept of living in the moment, and remembering to be grateful for what we have instead of worrying about what we don't have... Voted up, awesome, beautiful and interesting.

    • sankari.nayagam profile imageAUTHOR

      sankari.nayagam 

      6 years ago

      Thank you all for such positive and motivating comments!

      Now that I have it (Lucky draw winner) I want to enjoy it!

      Wish you all great luck for the contest!

      Thanks again for sharing your comments!

    • FloraBreenRobison profile image

      FloraBreenRobison 

      6 years ago

      This is beautiful and painfully true. so much of looking back at one's life at any age is to think "what if I had done this or what if I had not done that"...?"

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      rosika 

      6 years ago

      Very touching and deep poem about the reality of life. Good work. Voted up and will share in facebook!

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      hecate-horus 

      6 years ago from Rowland Woods

      So true and poignant.

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      Manoj Kumar Srivastava 

      6 years ago from India

      Sankari, A wonderful poem all the way. Its Voted up! for its deep thought and meaning.

      Namaskar and warm wishes,

      MAKUSR

    • Ruchira profile image

      Ruchira 

      6 years ago from United States

      We humans are always either in the PAST or in the FUTURE. Wish we could treasure the PRESENT and savor the moments.

      Life would be worthwhile indeed!

      You have conveyed a beautiful message...rated beautiful and voted up!

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