SABCL - Volume 5
VI. Poems in New Metres
The Lost Boat
Then a cloud darkened the sky’s brink and the wind’s scream was the shrill laugh of a loosed demon
And the huge passion of storm leaped with its bright stabs and the long crashing of death’s thunder;
As if haled by an unseen hand fled the boat lost in1 the wide homeless forlorn ocean.
But with long wandering they reached an unknown shore and a strange sun and a new azure,
Amid bright splendour of beast glories and birds’ music and deep hues, an enriched Nature
And a new life that could draw near to divine meanings and touched close the concealed purpose.
In her dire Titan caprice, strength that to death drifts and to doom, hidden a Will labours.
Yet is there Time to be crossed, lives to be lived out, the unplayed acts of the soul’s drama.
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.
Ionic a minore pentameter with an overflow of one short syllable
1 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: on