My Mind Of Light

My mind of light ascends like a soaring bird of the blue
Preparing long its skyward flight in the dull grey of the dust;
By a half-formed ear and a half-formed eye sure death to eschew
Now it brings in this earthliness a form of the high august.

Even in darkness it enlarged the image of the word
And opened the sight of sleeping eyes the myriad to see;
Tuning ears to strains of dulcet music it stirred
In the lifeless seas the calm of breath for life to be.

Not in a vessel of wants, a heart of needs, does joy expand,
For passion and force of life were hoofs of the steed of desire;
But quaffing the waters of confluence in the chalice grand
It has become the drinker of delight of an unfelt fire.

Swift to the realms of thought I rose and thence to silence,
As though beyond the silver ranges all my kingdoms withdrew;
Hushed were the thunder, lightnings, wind, the rays, the sky immense
And my mind of light was given to the soaring bird of the true.

1986

2 thoughts on “My Mind Of Light

  1. Nice poem. I like it. Long lines moving in a rhythmic and lilting cadence. Bird of the blue, Bird of the true, in the first n last lines carry pleasant echoes of Sri Aurobindo’s The blue Bird, the symbol of an aspiring soul for spiritual sunlit skies. Quaffing the waters of confluence in the chalice grand, and becoming a drinker of delight of an unfelt fire, is an exquisite image and experience. Only a very refined poet can feel thus. Thank u Akash.

  2. Thank you, Aditi. Yes, “symbol of an aspiring soul for spiritual sunlit skies”, but also the hard work of evolution and yoga-tapasya done to reach this point of take-off.

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