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Vikram Seth

(20 June 1952 - / Kolkata / India)

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All You Who Sleep Tonight


All you who sleep tonight
Far from the ones you love,
No hand to left or right
And emptiness above -

Know that you aren't alone
The whole world shares your tears,
Some for two nights or one,
And some for all their years.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003
Edited: Wednesday, November 02, 2011

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  • Rookie - 669 Points Piyush Dey (11/11/2014 7:39:00 AM)

    It was a very beautiful poem with so much of depth of emotions.
    such a beautiful line- The whole world shares your tears. lovely. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 30,543 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (11/11/2014 2:39:00 AM)

    Tears flow while remembering of loved one and there is no one to wipe off the tears, this is universal phenomenon Suffering we are sharing (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 5,623 Points * Sunprincess * (6/18/2014 4:16:00 PM)

    .............an outstanding message conveyed in this poem....when you think you are alone....remember others share the same problems..... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 356 Points Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (10/15/2013 11:03:00 AM)

    All you who sleep tonight
    As lovers on bed entwined
    Remember time can such unwind
    And love can no longer be a bind
    And vows go flying out of doors
    As pans and kettles with rattling sounds
    And neighbors enjoy the bout and song
    Both of you make in your marital discord (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Prem Surya Kumar (7/17/2013 1:44:00 AM)

    Short, sweet and powerful. Perfectly crafted. Shows why Vikram Seth is among the pre-eminent Indian English poets. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,956 Points Pranab K Chakraborty (11/11/2012 1:55:00 AM)

    Nice loneliness drawn well except the line...The whole world shares your tears.... reality is different, none would be there to share any tear 'cause when something is common phenomena, none bothers it much. Mechanical relation quiet common as the characteristic of this time........... Pranab k c..... (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,956 Points Pranab K Chakraborty (11/11/2012 1:39:00 AM)

    Nice loneliness drawn well except the line...The whole world shares your tears.... reality is different, none would be there to share any tear 'cause when something is common phenomena, none bothers it much. Mechanical relation quiet common as the characteristic of this time........... Pranab k c..... (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,956 Points Pranab K Chakraborty (11/11/2012 1:33:00 AM)

    Nice loneliness drawn well except the line...The whole world shares your tears.... reality is different, none would be there to share any tear 'cause when something is common phenomena, none bothers it much. Mechanical relation quiet common as the characteristic of this time........... Pranab k c..... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie .bhooma C (2/5/2012 8:27:00 AM)

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    indeed a great poem An expression of solitaryness in a crowded world, sober and philosopical stirs the inner emotions soothingly (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 16,061 Points Gajanan Mishra (1/30/2012 10:49:00 AM)

    Indeed I am bounddown with this poem. The whole world shares with tears.

    I am grateful.

    With regards

    gajanan mishra, odisha (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Alokananda Sengupta (12/19/2011 12:51:00 AM)

    All you who sleep tonight has been one of my favourite poems for years. So easy to memorize and so touching to recite. It is emotion in a small but poweful dose (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Rinki Nandy (9/7/2010 4:20:00 PM)

    it's like saying; 'all are alone and are together in being alone'. Indeed a poignant write or shall i say a pensive write? (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Thakker Bhupen (4/15/2010 12:21:00 AM)

    Just beautiful- helping us to remember we sleep in the cradle of life....with millions of stars above (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Caterpillar MC (10/8/2008 1:04:00 PM)

    It somehow makes the reader feel not so lonely. At least theres someone out there who shares the loneliness.....Thank you for sharing. (Report) Reply

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