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Collected Poems

SABCL - Volume 5

VI. Poems in New Metres


The Inconscient Creator

A face on the cold dire mountain peaks

Grand and still; its lines white and austere

Match with the unmeasured snowy streaks

Cutting heaven, implacable and sheer.

Above it a mountain of matted hair

Aeon-coiled on that deathless and lone head

In its solitude huge of lifeless air

Round, above illimitably spread.

A moon-ray on the forehead, blue and pale,

Stretched afar its finger of still1 light

Illumining emptiness. Stern and male

Mask of peace indifferent in might!

But out from some Infinite born now came

Over giant snows and the still face

A quiver and colour of crimson flame,

Fire-point in immensities of space.

Light-spear-tips revealed the mighty shape,

Tore the secret veil of the heart’s hold;

In that diamond heart the fires undrape,

Living core, a brazier of gold.

This was the closed mute and burning source

Whence were formed the worlds and their star-dance;

Life sprang a self-rapt inconscient Force,

Love, a blazing seed, from that flame-trance.


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 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: chill