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Vikram Seth

(20 June 1952 - / Kolkata / India)

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Distressful Homonyms


Since for me now you have no warmth to spare
I sense I must adopt a sane and spare

Philosophy to ease a restless state
Fuelled by this uncaring. It will state

A very meagre truth: love like the rest
Of our emotions, sometimes needs a rest.

Happiness, too, no doubt; and so, why even
Hope that 'the course of true love' could run even?

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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  • Rookie Thyris Taylor (6/29/2012 1:06:00 PM)

    I like this poem. Not too long or short. poetic expressions and rhymes, and a clear message. I don't happen to agree with your message but it is clear and that is what is important to me. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Vhonda Moore (3/15/2009 4:13:00 PM)

    I agree with the previous comments that this poem is genius but just a question about line 2 - 'I sense I must adopt a sane and spare.' Is it me or should 'sane' be 'seine' here....or is the author intentionally 'distressing' me by mixing up the homonyms sane and seine in this instance.
    If I'm totally wrong, what is the understanding of that line with use of the word 'sane' in it? ? ? (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 183 Points Palas Kumar Ray (10/8/2008 6:18:00 AM)

    Your Realisation is nothing less than the truth and every one should pay heed to your realisation to become happy in life knowing the trail it travels on and trail it leaves. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Chandan Roy (8/10/2006 1:05:00 PM)

    Hey.... This is amazing... very well written.... I feel I am toooooo small to comment on such a HUGE talent. (Report) Reply

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