Silence is round me, wideness ineffable;
White birds on the ocean diving and wandering;
A soundless sea on a voiceless heaven,
Azure on azure, is mutely gazing.
Identified with silence and boundlessness
My spirit widens clasping the universe
Till all that seemed becomes the Real,
One in a mighty and single vastness.
Someone broods there nameless and bodiless,
Conscious and lonely, deathless and infinite,
And, sole in a still eternal rapture,
Gathers all things to his heart for ever.
1930, revised 1942
Reference: # 142 in "Les poèmes de Sri
Aurobindo" (bilingual edition)
also in "Collected Poems and plays, volume 2" - 362
and "Collected Poems" - 557
all published by Sri
Aurobindo Ashram - Pondicherry
diffusion by SABDA