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All You who Sleep Tonight -- Vikram Seth

Guest poem sent in by Sukrit Mehra
(Poem #650) 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.
-- Vikram Seth
Doesn't one feel inadequate at writing these commentaries. How can one
express in words, thoughts behind the words? How can one cross those
limitations? But this poem, I think, will appeal to most of us. Anybody who
ever lived must have been lonely, sometime or the other. Especially in this
day and age.

        "The global village" is a euphemism for the "every person for
himself - commando operation - world", where we exist now. It gets
lonely here. Living across oceans, away from family, friends and
familiarity. Somehow this poem always reminds me of "Brothers in Arms"
by Dire Straits.

  "...Someday you'll return to,
  your valleys and your farms
  and you'll no longer burn to be
  Brothers in Arms."

But then that is just half of the story - what about the people whose
loneliness is something much more incurable and not to do with geographical
location. What about them.

This poem has always been special to me... It says, "hey it happens, its
natural". And when nobody is there, it is.  I cherish its existence in my



 We've run one Seth poem before - see poem #460 has a biography of Seth and
 a writeup on his opus 'A Suitable Boy'.

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Samir Kelekar said...

All those who sleep tonight.........

such a lovely 8 lines........

akhil handa said...

Wonderful lines by the poet
Full marks to the poet for actually making us aware that loneliness is a global phenomenon , and actually making us join all the lonely hearts across the globe.
Akhil Handa


Anonymous said...

wonderful and beautiful.
Prem P. Chauhan, Adv

Judith said...

A poem about loneliness that makes one feel less lonely...these few lines are perfection.

Anonymous said...

BEAUTIFUL POEM............

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