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Collected Poems

SABCL - Volume 5

VI. Poems in New Metres

Symbol Moon


Once again thou hast climbed, O moon, like a white fire on the glimmering edge,

Floating up, floating up from the haunted verge of a foam-tremulous sea,

Mystic-horned here crossing the grey-hued listless nights and days,

Spirit-silver craft from the ports of eternity.

Dumbly1 blithe, shuddering, the air is filled from thy cup of pale mysterious wine:

Gleam quivers to longing gleam; and the faery torches lit for Night’s mysteries, set2 in her niches stark and deep;

The inconscient gulfs stir and are vaguely thrilled, while their unheard voices cry to the Wonder-light new-seen

Till descending its ray shall unlock with a wizard rod of fire the dumb recesses of sleep.

Overhead with thy plunging and swaying prow thou fleetest, O ship of the gods,

Glorifying the clouds with thy halo, but our hearts with a rose-red rapture shed from the secret breasts of love;

Almost thou seemest the very bliss that floats in opaline air over heaven’s golden roads,

Embodied here to capture our human lives like a nectar face of light in the doubtful blue above.

Bright and alone in a white-foam-glinted delicate dim-blue ocean of sky,

Ever thou runst and thou floatest as a magic drifting bowl

Flung by the hand of a drunken god in the river of Time goes tossing by,

O icon and chalice of spiritual light whose spots are like Nature’s shadow stains on a white and immaculate soul.

How like one frail and hunted3 thou com’st, O white moon, lonely call4 from thy deep sky-covert heights,

A voyager carrying through the myriad-isled archipelago of the spear-pointed questioning stars

The circle of the occult argent Yes of the Invisible to the dim query of the yearning witness lights

That burn in the dense vault of Matter’s waking mind – innumerable, solitary and sparse.

A disk of a greater Ray that shall come, a white-fire rapture and girdling rose of love,

Timelessly thou driftest, O5 sliver6 boat that set out from the far Unknown,

Moon-crystal of silver or gold of some spirit joy spun by Time in his dense aeonic groove,

A messenger and bearer of an unembodied beauty and unseized bliss advancing over our life’s wan sea – significant, bright and alone.


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 In the edition oa 2009 year these four lines are placed after next four lines


2 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: mysteries are set


3 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: haunted


4 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: at my lonely call


5 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: O soundless


6 2009 ed. CWSA, vol.2: silver