Excellence is a Long Road

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I learned a new skill today
and showed it off to all my friends
Best among them, I was,
The wolf among the dogs

They fed my ego; my excellence
was the prime of their existence
I wolfed down their compliments
On their prairie praise I would graze

An alpha showed me my place
in the invisible chain of nature
The blow was hit doubly hard
The alpha was not lone but a herd

A pack who sit above me
Not just above, but out of reach
Forever is not enough to even
the difference between earth and sky

My ego shattered, my pride undone
I turned away my burning face
The alpha extended a paw and
Showed me how it’s done

Abhijeet Krishnan