Vikram Seth

(20 June 1952 - / Kolkata / India)

Protocols - Poem by Vikram Seth

What can I say to you? How can I retract
All that that fool my voice has spoken -
Now that the facts are plain, the placid surface cracked,
The protocols of friendship broken?
I cannot walk by day as now I walk at dawn
Past the still house where you lie sleeping.
May the sun burn these footprints on the lawn
And hold you in its warmth and keeping.

Comments about Protocols by Vikram Seth

  • Silver Star - 3,647 Points Jasbir Chatterjee (8/3/2015 11:45:00 PM)

    everything keeps changing; even relationships must change and survive through the test of time and breakdown of protocols. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 15,816 Points Ramesh T A (8/3/2015 8:07:00 AM)

    Though the protocol of friendship is broken down, yet, the process of reconciliation has been made at the end! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 288 Points Palas Kumar Ray (10/10/2008 1:20:00 AM)

    Time is quite oft not at our side.
    Changes in behaviours come naturally.
    Hard it becomes to remain as you were.
    days go on changing from dawn to dusk. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Chitralekha Chetia (8/29/2008 6:04:00 AM)

    What can I say to this? I couldn't retract from what I had done. What came naturally undone was the faith. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 177 Points Sathyanarayana M V S (6/17/2008 3:02:00 AM)

    At last having read your poems....Sir...I am really blessed...I can see the thoroughfare (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Mohan Parmeswaran (7/19/2007 5:41:00 PM)

    I am new to Vikram poems, very catchy and fascinating, indeed! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Onida (10/30/2006 9:02:00 AM)

    A great poem! ! well done (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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