23. MY FOE

My foe is none but I.
All future I reap from deeds of mine.
If I receive not aid
From me, no soul will make me shine.
The evil forces lie
Within, around my symbol sheath.
They seize my knowledge-sun,
And tear my mind with dragon teeth.
Sri Chinmoy, Flame Waves, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, 1955