We may claim ego-mind is illusory,
But is it truly felt as fact, sensed as really so?
If who we think we are tries making spiritual headway,
What comes of it but hitting a brick wall?
And yet a realization may eventually dawn,
A knowing that ego-mind's role is on the sidelines.
Then all disillusionments can be put to new use,
As a new sense of self feels a joy beyond hope.