Vikram Seth

(20 June 1952 - / Kolkata / India)

All You Who Sleep Tonight - Poem by Vikram Seth


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.

Comments about All You Who Sleep Tonight by Vikram Seth

  • Tom Allport (12/27/2016 3:57:00 PM)

    tom allport
    it's the little things we take for granted which are the most missed (Report) Reply

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  • Gajanan Mishra (12/9/2016 9:52:00 PM)

    great love
    Kya baat hai sir, namaskar. (Report) Reply

  • Linet Sabastian (12/9/2016 9:33:00 AM)

    A touching poem. Thank you for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Glen Kappy (12/9/2016 7:07:00 AM)

    All You Who Sleep...
    this reminds me of a saying i learned from a student my first year of teaching-

    to the world you may just be one person,
    but to one person you may be the world.

    glen kappy
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  • (12/9/2016 4:47:00 AM)

    Simply superb poem acting as a balm to wipe out spells of one's loneliness.10 points. (Report) Reply

  • Indira Renganathan (12/9/2016 1:59:00 AM)

    Yes....that is how tears give hope.... there is always somebody or more good- hearted beings for us to rely on
    ...excellent poem- 10++++
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  • Anil Kumar Panda (12/9/2016 1:46:00 AM)

    A beauty! ! Sometimes when we are alone we miss our near and dear ones and tear begins to flow. Very beautiful lines. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (12/9/2016 1:04:00 AM)

    Superb! ! ! ! ! ! Thanks for sharing............................................. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (12/9/2016 12:55:00 AM)

    Life and the ways of nature
    Years of life! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Seamus O' Brian (12/9/2016 12:37:00 AM)

    Ironic, isn't it, the universality of loneliness. At once encouraging, yet quietly discouraging. To be cut off, disconnected, isolated in a sea of humanity experiencing the exact same quality. Is it confined to humanity, this ability to be immediately beside someone, yet feel a million miles away?
    A gentle echo of poetic poignancy, well-crafted.
    (Report) Reply

  • Liza Sudina (12/9/2016 12:30:00 AM)

    Great poem of consolation of loneliness! (Report) Reply

  • Monoranjan Thakur (2/9/2016 11:38:00 PM)

    Sufferings beautifully portraied (Report) Reply

  • (8/3/2015 4:59:00 PM)

    thank you.........
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  • (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

  • 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

  • (6/18/2014 4:16:00 PM) outstanding message conveyed in this poem....when you think you are alone....remember others share the same problems..... (Report) Reply

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  • (11/11/2013 4:31:00 PM)

    Wow this is intense. (Report) Reply

  • Soumita Sarkar (11/11/2013 6:11:00 AM)

    Loved it............I too stay away from my hubby............ (Report) Reply

  • 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
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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Wednesday, November 2, 2011

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