SABCL - Volume 5
VI. Poems in New Metres
The Tiger and the Deer1
Gleaming eyes and mighty chest and soft soundless paws of grandeur and murder?
Till suddenly death leaped on the beautiful wild deer as it drank
Unsuspecting from2 the great pool in the forest’s coolness and shadow,
And it fell and, torn, died remembering its mate left sole in the deep woodland,–
Destroyed, the mild harmless beauty by the strong cruel beauty in Nature.
As the mammoth shakes no more the plains of Asia;
Still then shall the beautiful wild deer drink from the coolness of great pools in the leaves’ shadow.
The slain survive the slayer.
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 Free quantitative verse, left to find out its own line by line rhythm and unity.
2 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: at