SABCL - Volume 5
VI. Poems in New Metres
Trance of Waiting1
Murmurs of silence that steep mind in a luminous sleep,
Whispers from things beyond thought in the Secrecy flame-white for ever,
Unscanned heights that reply seek from the inconscient deep.
Pales like a pool that is stirred by the wings of a shadowy bird.
Stills; my spirit at peace bathes in a mighty release.
Light that no vision can render garments the silence with splendour.
Tremble with the Fire that knows, thrill with the might of repose.
Space is a stillness of God building his earthly abode.
Passion of a bliss yet to be sweeps from Infinity’s sea.
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.
1 Elegiacs, with rhyme in the pentameter. A syllable or two introducing the last hemistich of the pentameter is allowed, but this must not be made the rule. This license, impossible in the strict cut of classical metre, comes in naturally in English and is therefore permissible.