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Collected Poems

SABCL - Volume 5

II. Sonnets

Man, the Despot of Contraries

I am greater than the greatness of the seas,

A swift tornado of God-energy:

A helpless flower that quivers in the breeze

I am weaker than the reed one breaks with ease.

I harbour all the wisdom of the wise

In my nature of stupendous Ignorance;

On a flame of righteousness I fix my eyes

While I wallow in sweet sin and join hell’s dance.

My mind is brilliant like a full-orbed moon,

Its darkness is the caverned troglodyte’s.

I gather long Time’s wealth and squander soon;

I am an epitome of opposites.

I with repeated life death’s sleep surprise;

I am a transience of the eternities.


Later edition of this work: The Complete Works of Sri Aurobindo.- Set in 37 volumes.- Volume 2.- Collected Poems.- Pondicherry: Sri Aurobindo Ashram, 2009.- 751 p.