Poetry and Mystery: “Women” by Evelyn Scott

By Yaroslav Gerzhedovich

By Yaroslav Gerzhedovich

“Crystal columns,
When they bend they crack;
Brittle souls,
Conforming, yet not conforming–
Mirrors.

Masculine souls pass across the mirrors:
Whirling, gliding ecstasies–
Retreating, retreating,
Dimly, dimly,
Like dreams fading across the mirrors.

Then the mirrors,
Stark and brilliant in the sunshine,
Blank as the desert,
Blank as the Sphinx,
Winking golden eyes in the twinkles of light,
Silent, immutable, vacuous infinity,
Illimitable capacity for absorption,
Absorbing nothing.

Have the shapes and the shadows been swallowed up
In your recesses without depth,
You drinkers of life,
Twinkling maliciously
Your golden yellow eyes,
Mirrors winking in the sunshine?”

Gustave Moreau, "The Victorious Sphinx"

Gustave Moreau, “The Victorious Sphinx”

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6 Responses to Poetry and Mystery: “Women” by Evelyn Scott

  1. Maria F. says:

    The beautiful poem goes really well with Gustave Moreau’s, “The Victorious Sphinx”. ” Unlike the Greek sphinx, which was a woman, the Egyptian sphinx is typically shown as a man (an androsphinx). In addition, the Egyptian sphinx was viewed as benevolent, but having a ferocious strength similar to the malevolent Greek version and both were thought of as guardians often flanking the entrances to temples.”-Wiki
    Oh but is her riddle the “mirrors” which Evelyn Scott’s poem is addressing?

    • The Sphinx is the symbol that I find most fascinating of all. About the Egyptian sphynx I have written already ( I am kind of obsessed ;)). In some esoteric teachings it is believed that it is half lion half maiden, so there is a feminine side to it, as it combines the astrological symbolism of Leo and Virgo.
      Thank you for your comment.

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