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Sri Aurobindo

A Dream of Surreal Science

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One dreamed and saw a gland write Hamlet, drink
At the Mermaid, capture immortality;
A committee of hormones on the Aegean’s brink
Composed the Iliad and the Odyssey.

A thyroid, meditating almost nude
Under the Bo-tree, saw the eternal Light
And, rising from its mighty solitude,
Spoke of the Wheel and eightfold Path all right.

A brain by a disordered stomach driven
Thundered through Europe, conquered, ruled and fell;
From St. Helena went, perhaps, to Heaven.
Thus wagged on the surreal world, until

A scientist played with atoms and blew out
The universe before God had time to shout.

Sri Aurobindo

Reference: # 112 in "Les poèmes de Sri Aurobindo" (bilingual edition)
also in "Last Poems" - 27
and "Collected Poems" - 145
all published by Sri Aurobindo Ashram - Pondicherry
diffusion by SABDA

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